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During the Meet&Greet with Lizan Freijsen, the artist (56) talks about her installation ‘The Living Surface - Seeking Inspiration in Stains’, a combination of stains and wall hangings, is on display on the first floor next to the Robbrecht staircase. Students of the Willem de Kooning Academie are invited for the Meet&Greet and other audience is also welcome to attend and talk to the artist about her work.
The Living Surface - Seeking Inspiration in Stains
Freijsen’s hand-tufted rugs occupy the territory between art and design: they are unique and handmade, products that people are happy to live with. The Rotterdam-based artist Lizan Freijsen makes rugs with strange forms based on things that many people find repulsive: fungi and mildew. ‘I want to draw attention to the unwanted, to transform the everyday into something of value,’ says Freijsen. She doesn’t idealise stains and decay but simply wants to show that these phenomena can also be beautiful. The carpets are based on Freijsen’s own photographs and samples of six-week old fungi from the CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht. The Living Surface is a selection of her most exceptional rugs.
Freijsen has been researching stains and fungi for ten years. The book 'The Living Surface, An Alternative Biology Book on Stains’ (Jap Sam Books) contains Freijsen’s ‘archive of stains’ and a survey of ten years of her work. Lizan Freijsen: ‘My book is a document of my research into this temporary phenomenon but the result is a durable wall hanging.’