Artist Roos van Geffen (1975) concerns herself with all-encompassing topics such as fear, desire, transience and mortality. She is fascinated by human emotions- yet it is not the intense, but the subtle emotions that captivate her. Her work is generated through intensive documentary and process-based research, inspired by philosophy and science.
Van Geffen has a background as a scenographer, a discipline in which she is trained to find an abstraction in complex structures. She uses this quality in her current practice by making abstract concepts tangible in a recognizable and almost self-evident way. Encounters and experiences are worked out into precisely composed images. She uses the art form she needs; photography, video, installation or performance. Her works often enter into a direct relationship with the spectator’s body; by positioning in space, size and sometimes by smell or sound, a sensory experience is created. In this way she creates concentrated and often intimate images that brouch into unconscious, emotional layers. They make the viewer reflect about themselves and what it means to be human, at the same time her work always tries to touch universal feelings. Van Geffen invites viewers to look in detail and with more attention, creating a different, sometimes confrontational reality.
Roos van Geffen (Nijmegen 1975) studied scenography at the Academy of Arts in Tilburg and at the Academy of Visual Arts Maastricht. Her autonomous work has been shown at Palazzo Barolo in Turin, Italy, Museum Tot Zover in Amsterdam, where she had a retrospective called Eat Love Die in 2020 and in 2021 the exhibition Surrender. Her work was also on display at Fotodok in Utrecht, at Photo Festival Schiedam at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, at The Art Pavillion and Battersea Arts Center in London, Corrosia in Almere and VOX-POP Amsterdam among others. She has received stipendia, among others from Fund BKVB and Mondriaan Fund, The Tijlfund (Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds), Roos’ performances were shown at European festivals and toured around Europe. Roos teaches at various art academies and supervises students.