Suzanne Berkers, Hélène Hermans, Hester van Tongerlo

Dig deep within yourself, for there is a fountain of goodness ever ready to flow if you will keep digging.
*Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor 121-180

Artists usually work in relative isolation, they often work in a cadence that allows them to concentrate. This artists isolation is relative, they absolutely do not withdraw from society. On the contrary, by keeping a finger on the pulse of society, they suprise us with a different way of seeing, a vision of who we are and how we relate to one another.

Curatrix Pascalle Mansvelders brought three artists from Limburg together. These women work in different disciplines, but their work shows clear similarities. The ongoing process in which artists analyse themselves becomes visible in special works of art. In these works they express their preoccupations and the story they want to tell.

Hester van Tongerlo (1991) graduated from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
“I have always been interested in the human being and its behavior. To research this I like to use myself as a test person.”
This also applies to the work 02-12-2014. Van Tongerlo’s wish to better understand the human being is expressed in research – almost scientifical – with biological, philosophical and psychological aspects. Hester submits herself to experiments that explore the ethical, social, personal and even physical boundaries of the human being. By documenting these experiments and showing them to the public, the viewer becomes a partner and the realization is of essential importance in her research.

Suzanne Berkers (1967) graduated from AKV|St Joost Den Bosch. She is fascinated by the transition between two moments, a wafer-thin crossing. Like she herself says, an in between moment.
The volatile nature of things, light, movement, time and space, form the intangible notions which constitute an important part of her objects and installations. Berkers’ works do not have a solid form, but can change or move, fold in or out, disappear or reappear again. The border between timebound and timeless in a returning rithme of past, present and future makes Suzanne Berkers’ works poetical. And sometimes this contrasts sharply with the technical and mechanical elements.

Hélène Hermans (1962) graduated form the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
In Hélène Hermans’ photographs time and memories are also returning themes. Hermans’ work was already attracting attention in 2016, when in the photo competition’STILL’ during the opening of the Kunstlab, she received the award from the judging-committee of peers. In her photographs one can clearly recognize the fascination for hidden spots, for places that are etched in one’s memory, and for places that recall associations and make time fade away. Fragments and images from the past and the present literally surface and form a new image. The tranquil memories make us realize that nothing ever dissapears without leaving a trace.