Peripheral ARTeries Art Review - July 2013

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Wieteke Heldens

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Wieteke Heldens (The Netherlands) an artist’s statement

“Heldens is consistently inconsistent. With each work she reinvents herself, almost as if her life depends on it. Her works show us hardly disguised raw nerves: what we see in these paintings and drawings is someone trying to cope with existence. Yet her works are never melodramatic, rather, they invite us to look into the mirror and recognize ourselves and our own existential struggles.” Wieteke Heldens graduated in 2007 at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Followed by a post graduate DNA. During this time she worked in Chongqing, China at the Sichuan Fine Arts institute. Heldens exhibited in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague and internationally in Switzerland, Belgium, France, Denmark and USA. In 2010 she received a stipend from Fonds BKVB and moved to NYC. In 2011 and 2012 Heldens was an Artist in residence at Fluxfactory and had her first solo exhibition: “ Paintings, Painthings and Paintthings” 12