TINKEBELL. gives an Artist Talk for Amsterdam Art Week about her new exhibition at TORCH Gallery: Flora Tata Metallica. Carcinogenic in the IJmond was sickening for the artist. But the black dust on canvas is a delight to the eye of the beholder. On Saturday, May 14, the exhibition Flora Tata Metallica opens in TORCH Gallery with a new series of works by artist TINKEBELL.
For a year TINKEBELL. regularly went to the dunes in Wijk aan Zee, right next to the controversial steel plant of Tata Steel. There she shoveled sand and collected flowers and plants: the basic material for Flora Tata Metallica. Then, almost every day for hours, she went through the sand with a magnet to extract the fine and coarse dust from the factory. Monk’s work.
But the real problems in the making process came after that, during the blowing of huge amounts of black Tata dust over the flowers she draped on canvas. By inhaling the fine and coarse dust that also floats through the air in Wijk aan Zee, TINKEBELL. struggled with headaches, nausea, dizziness and frequent nosebleeds.
This is typical of the artist’s working method: the uncompromising propagation of a story that needs to be told. In Flora Tata Metallica, TINKEBELL makes an extreme amount of harmful emissions painfully visible, with direct consequences for her own health, in the negative prints she made, entirely in Tata dust, of the flowers and plants that still survive in the seriously polluted area around the steel factory. An ugly story, beautifully portrayed.
About the artist TINKEBELL.
(1979, Goes) is (currently) saving the world. She investigates frictions in our norms: how we behave, how we live, how we connect with each other; our position towards animals, the environment, the future of our food, phosphate issues, (social) media, refugee frames, politics, the clothing industry, multiculturalism, communication problems, spreading (fake) news, everything related to Fukushima and more. TORCH has been working with TINKEBELL. since 2004, when she graduated from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Since then she has worked, published and exhibited all over the world. She is a columnist for Het Parool.