The Guest Mattress - Emmeline de Mooij

25 November - 16 January at andriesse ~ eyck galerie
Emmeline de Mooij (NL, 1978)

Within her artistic practice, Emmeline de Mooij uses installation, performance, sculpture, textile and video. Care, maintenance and repair are important subjects in her work. De Mooij investigates the mechanisms behind the low status of care in society, such as the disproportionate burden on women in paid and unpaid care work. Additionally, with her work de Mooij explores speculative scenarios that offer an alternative to the dominant ideal of the human as an independent and unitary being. Throughout her work, she examines the possibility of recuperating a lost unity between humans and their surroundings, based on the recognition of the inter-relational character of being human: embodied, embedded and in symbiosis with other life forms.

Working with a vocabulary that resonates as much with the tenets of feminist performance as it does with the conceptual frameworks of institutional critique, de Mooij approaches seemingly ahistorical myths of artistic expressivity as a means to challenge the very gendered, classist, and racialized structures that support them.

The possibility of recovery also manifests itself in the formal aspects of de Mooij’s work. De Mooij switches between different techniques and media. She often uses performance to maintain a spatial and emotional distance to an art object, the body and other matter. For example, art objects have conversations with a therapist, a photo printed on a carpet with integrated massage motors serves as a 'massage photo', a workshop takes place in which the participants confront the contents of their own full vacuum cleaner bag, or a handmade costume, especially made for an electric massage chair, softens the replacement of physical contact by computer-controlled touch.

De Mooij has previously gained attention with national and international exhibitions including: Mother Art Prize exhibition, Cromwell Place, London (2020); CosmoFeminism, Fortuna Wetten, Berlin (2019); #Satisfying Slime, Andriesse Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam (2018); Cure Park, Amsterdamse Bos, Amsterdam (2017); Art in Therapy, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Utrecht (2016), Manifesten, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen (2015); Facing And Touching Treatment Method, De Centrale, Brussels (2014); Legion TV, London (2013); and Daegu Photo Biennale, Korea (2012).

Her work has been nominated for the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs.
De Mooij holds a B.A. from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2006) and an M.F.A. from Bard College (2014).

Image: courtesy of andriesse~eyck galerie

Emmeline de Mooij, Guest Towel, 2020  60 x 110 cm
Emmeline de Mooij, Guest Towel, 2020 60 x 110 cm

Edition Amsterdam Art Gallery Weekend
Guest Towel
By Emmeline de Mooij (NL, 1978)

An important subject in her work is care, maintenance and repair. De Mooij investigates the mechanisms behind the low status of care in society, such as the disproportionate burden of women in paid and unpaid care work. Additionally, with her work de Mooij explores speculative scenarios that offer an alternative for the dominant ideal of the human as independent and unitary being. Again and again she examines the possibility of recuperating a lost unity between the human and its surroundings, based on the recognition of the inter-relational character of being human: embodied, embedded and in symbiosis with other life forms.

Edition of 25
Price: €200 incl. VAT
Size: 60 x 110 cm
The Edition of the Amsterdam Gallery Weekend can be purchased online via the gallery. Please see their contact information listed on the right side of this page.

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