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complex computer programming, while te work stays raw and unpolished; Truth/Love by Jordan Wolfson.

several instruments during my life, but it was never something I really enjoyed; it always felt like “working”, no flow. I am a visual-initiated person, like the (ballet)dancer who visualised the music.

With all the new, global, glancing communication and media around, I have to be aware not to let it mess with my head since I don’t have a lot of views on YouTube or “likes” on Facebook. I tell myself it is hard to communicate if the work needs a level of suspense to experience it. And I think that is true... But I use media like Facebook, my own blog and website, and YouTube to my advantage. These provide great opportunities to advertise my work and exhibitions for free. And I don’t give away the entire concept of my work, so it can still be exciting to see my work in ‘real’ life.

In and with my work I have searched for a way to vibrate the strings of the viewer, like sadness, anger or fear; releasing your own memories. Thanks a lot for your time and for sharing your thoughts, Esther. Finally, would you like to tell us readers something about your future projects? How do you see your work evolving? As said before, I have a show at Stayokay Rotterdam and the Jerusalemchapel, Gouda. In October I will join a group show in Amsterdam; Art for Animals Sake, which is a fundraising exhibition.

Over the years your works have been showcased in several occasions, and you are currently exhibiting at Stayokay Rotterdam and at the Jerusalemchapel, Gouda. One of the hallmarks of your work is its ability to create a direct involvement with the viewers, who are urged to evolve from a condition of mere spectatorship. So before leaving this conversation we would like to pose a question about the nature of the relationship of your art with your audience. Do you consider the issue of audience reception a crucial component of your decision-making process, in terms of what type of language you use in a particular context?

http://art-for-animals-sake.com I applied at the Mondriaan foundation for a residency at Stichting IK (Institution ME) to research the attraction of what we loathe. Fingers crossed there… Besides that, there is always more than one “almost finished”

An interview by Josh Ryder, curator and Melissa C. Hilborn, curator peripheral.arteries@europe.com

To me the audience is always pivotal because I want to communicate. I want to communicate without words, I want to touch a string like a musician. So why am I no musician? I don’t know, I have played

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