Natasja van der Meer
Natasja van der Meer depicts the world through the eyes of children by playfully depicting everyday objects. Here, she uses beads to illustrate pixels in three-dimensional space to create a hanging sculpture. Clear and simplistic, ‘Blow’ depicts a pipe and a heart-shaped smoke it spreads, all in dark, monochromatic tones. In this work, van der Meer questions how symbols associated with adulthood can be romanticized and idealized by a child. The work is therefore a product of a child’s imagination and ability to find meaning in dull, everyday objects. Interestingly, by depicting the pipe, she references the ‘This is Not a Pipe’ painting by a famous surrealist artist Rene Magritte. Indeed, just the same way Magritte plays with the meaning of a pipe, van der Meer plays with its interpretation.