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, which often leads to her works being created in series.
Van Geffen has a background as a stage designer, 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 natural way. Encounters and experiences are developed into precise and intimate images. She uses whichever art form she needs to express these images; photography, video, installation or performance art. Her works broach into unconscious, emotional layers. Van Geffen invites viewers to look in detail and with more attention, creating a different, sometimes confronting 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 Museum Tot Zover in Amsterdam, where she had a retrospective called Eat Love Die in 2020, 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. 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. In addition, Roos teaches at various art academies and supervises students.