Dienke Nauta







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Dutch Visual Artist Dienke Nauta graduated Cum laude in 1995. She is schooled in Painting, Drawing, Photography and Print Making, at the Art Academy Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands.
Her work is in private and important public collections.

Dienke started to create site specific installations.
‘Territory’, made in 1996, presented 6 wooden boxes, installed in a dark room. The spectator enters the room and the lids of the boxes close magically. When there is no movement in the room, the lids open again and show the inner light of the boxes. Like little animals, the boxes would be the rulers of this room.
The paintings Dienke made at that time were boxes; paint and silkscreen or sanded glass to capture the reflection of the paint. This work got a special recognition by the ‘Koninklijke Subsidie voor de Vrije Schilderkunst (‘Royal Grant for the Independent Art of Painting’), presented by the Queen of the Netherlands.

She made several installations that would interact with the site; the tightness of a room, the location of a window or the bars of a staircase.
These site specific installations have been made temporary, for Art Centers in The Netherlands or they have been custom made for Companies or Living rooms.

In 2000, after an Artist in Residency in Illinois, she traveled through Taos and the memory of the spirit, the mystical quality and the light of this beautiful town inspired her to apply for a Grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. After being accepted into this prestigious program, the Artist returned to the United States in April 2007.

Artists’ Statement

My work studies the boundary of an image.
What is the end of an image and the start of a new one?

The definition of an object in relation to its environment presents a field of tension which I seek to visualize; a pin-pricked handrail, a frozen incidence of light, an antenna of beads branching out from a pillow.
This is all casually shown in a self evident way, causing the boundary between the work of art and environment to fade for the audience. Also, this provokes interaction between the art and the spectator.

Dienke Nauta


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