Van Sonsbeeck received recognition for her graduation project in 2006 - 'Mental Space - How my neighbours became buildings'. She demonstrated how art can remedy the overflow presence and noise of others. She first investigated techniques of voyeurism and then recorded her neighbours private noises and presented this to the public. From this point onwards she began reflecting on architecture and the organization of space.
The exhibitionGetting closer to Pauli is derived from a quote she discovered by Nobel Prize winning physicist, Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958, Zürich), which he wrote in a letter to a colleague concerning the then recent electron discovery and his tribulations over its unraveling. Pauli writes: 'If I put a hand over my left eye, I see a particle. If I put a hand over my right one, I see a wave. If I open both eyes, I go mad'. Van Sonsbeeck proffers the sentence as an intriguing metaphor for life and art, for the things that cannot be described in one single image, and the impossibility of describing the multiple images that are seen all at once.
She decided get to ‘get closer’ to Pauli by sourcing the quote. While researching she came across the so-called ‘Pauli effect’, named after Pauli’s bizarre ability to break experimental equipment simply by being in its vicinity. Van Sonsbeeck presents photographs and texts representing her attempts to re-create several events, or ‘accidents’ that happened to either Pauli or herself.
The principle of doubling up and re-creating a reflection is significant in the sculptural work ‘The light under my chair’. A series of molded objects are cast from her personal space; the space under the chair she uses daily in her studio, the space that carries her and is just centimeters from her body. Made from a mixture of epoxy and day-glo paint, these 'positive light sculptures' present the negative of her personal space. An interior of her personal (inverted) space arises that is a figurative representation of "the space in her head".
Born in 1976, Sarah van Sonsbeeck studied at the Technical University in Delft. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2006 and is currently resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.
This exhibition was made possible by additional support from the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten.
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