Juul Kraijer

March 1 to August 2, 2020

Untitled, 2016-2017

In her work, Juul Kraijer deals with the nature of humankind. For her, the body is the expression of everything human; it serves as a projection surface on which the entire spectrum of human reality is played out. With the exhibition Juul Kraijer. Twoness, the Museum Sinclair-Haus provides a comprehensive overview of the work of the Dutch artist. The solo exhibition is a contribution of the Museum Sinclair-Haus to the 2020 annual programme of the Nantesbuch Foundation, which is dedicated to the theme “Determination/Destiny”.

Looking is as much a part of drawing as the act of drawing itself.

Juul Kraijer

Juul Kraijer was born in Assen, Netherlands in 1970 and studied painting at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam from 1989 to 1994. At the very beginning, her artistic work revolved around the medium of drawing. In her sometimes monumental body drawings in charcoal on paper, the artist primarily depicts female figures torn out of any cultural, temporal or spatial context. Absent and as though in a trance, the figures hardly seem to be aware of themselves or of the transformation to which they usually undergo. Thus, at times, the body dissolves into a shoal of fish or merges with gnarled branches; at others, it is mirrored, doubled, and as a result observes itself. Time and again, the boundaries of the body are explored and also transcended. Juul Kraijer’s drawings thus by no means depict real situations. Rather, the body serves her as a visible medium for the visualization of non-visible human reality, such as a feeling or a mental state. The human duality of internal and external, of body and mind, of oneness and twoness is resolved.

To find her motifs, the artist repeatedly refers to the canon of Western art history. Several of her works are thus reminiscent of Daphne metamorphosing into a tree or the snake hair of Medusa. At the same time, she also finds inspiration in Eastern art, especially in the visual world of India, where she spent several study visits. Juul Kraijer incorporates all these visual impulses into the creation of her images and  transforms them into a pictorial language that defies unambiguous interpretation. In recent years, Juul Kraijer has increasingly transferred the motifs of her drawings to the techniques of photography and video. Here as well, she works with the limits of the physically possible and bearable.

The solo exhibition at the Museum Sinclair-Haus presents drawings, sculptures, photographs,
and videos by Juul Kraijer.

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