My work is inspired by walking. Working with the elemental forces, the practice of walking reconnects me with the infinite natural world. In the shadowland where overthinking stops and feeling begins, I work with drawing devices created from found objects that become extensions of my body. Walking with these devices, recording the intangibility of the elements, becomes a conduit for the unseen; you only see the wind through what it touches. My work is a translation of my interaction with the natural world.
Living all the way through: to touching, tasting, smelling and hearing the world. If you manage this, then you might walk ‘out of the body and into the mountain’, such that you become, briefly, ‘a stone…the soil of the earth (Nan Shepherd 1940)
Geraldine van Heemstra has gained an MA in Art History at the University of Utrecht, a Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and pursued a career in Conservation in the museum world. She has worked in the conservation departments of the National Gallery in Washington, the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Hamilton Kerr in Whittlesford (University of Cambridge) and the Royal Collection in Windsor. Since 2002 she has focused on her own art practice and has recently completed an MA in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School.
In her work Geraldine invites chance elements to resonate through her process. The external forces in nature and the unpredictability it brings, are what drive her. With strong connections to the landscape, in particular to that of the Scottish Hebrides, she explores the experiential nature of sound and movement in the materiality of markmaking. Rather than offering a specific image of a place, Geraldine finds a synergy of movement, space and body in the automatic and gestural markmaking in her drawings, prints and installations.
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