Just last week at Art Rotterdam , my wife told me that she liked the different ways textiles are used in Modern Art nowadays and she had encountered some that fascinated her. There were the works by Sheila Hicks and Mirjam Hagoort and ow I add to these the work by Karin van Dam
She is known for her installations composed with materials such as buffers for boats, ropes and insulating casing. At one time she even used entire pre fab polyester ponds which she hung in the medieval hall of the centre for contemporary arts De Vleeshal in Middelburg, The Netherlands. She sees her installations as spatial drawings, that the viewer is able to walk through, as it were. Currently she is CHURCHMASTER in Veere in which she has made an installation.
The three dimensional works are prepared in pencil drawings on a small format in which she often also integrates objects like rubber plugs, rope or wooden sticks. Urban structures, both above and below ground level, are a recurring theme in her work. To her the city is a living organism that continually develops and expands. Karin van Dam works highly intuitively, using a combination of materials that, together, develop into a new, coherent system.
www.ftn-books.com has now an early artist book by Karin van Dam available in which she shows a 3 dimensional sculpture in paper.