Place of Residency
Elisa Verkoelen (*1998) is a visual artist and writer, graduated from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in 2021. She focuses on abstract matters and visualizing the invisible. The artist holds a deep fascination for negative spaces, which are always present in her work, whether it is through technique or through story. Her work has been exhibited at Odapary (2022), Dutch Design Week (2021) and OBJECT Rotterdam (2021) among others.
bronze, linocut, drawings, (spoken) word, photography and collecting
"My work is part of everything I do. I like writing and drawing, but looking around, reading and
speaking are also included in this. I love to tell stories and I love to collect everything that helps me
tell them. By doing that, my work is a translation of how I see things, and how things happen to me. It evokes a sense of mystery or surrealism, but is always linked to the world around us. Where form and composition are clear, I let the silence speak for itself.”
Elisa works in different techniques and chooses the material after the story she’s telling. She has a love for modern art, philosophy, poetry, talking and “things” (spullen, in dutch).
Year of participation
As by invitation of Hausmuseum Otzenrath, Elisa will engage with the ecological, historical, economic and socio-spatial changes in the structure change in the Rhenish lignite mining area.