Reviews on Barbs Project
Antwerp Belgium 2007
Dutch artist Riedstra's current work is concerned with a series of diptychs
about human alienation from himself/herself and nature.
Dealing with the humanity's feelings of self-doubt, Riedstra's work points
to the increasing tendency of people to escape into a world of emo-television
as a substitute for real human interactions.
The artist feels that the media increasingly manipulate human core emotions
such as fear.
As a result people
tend to take flight into a world of consumerism to comfort themselves. The
focal point is human alienation and human emotional experience within today's
media/computer dominated world.
The artist has been influenced by artists such as Mark Rothko and particularly
by Michelangelo's frescoes of the Sixtine Chapel.
Riedstra has studied applied arts in Tel Aviv and Den Haag, as well as at
Central St Martins, London and completed an M.A. in scenographic studies in
: Gallerist Yara Tschallener - Red Gate Gallery - London England
London England 2008
oeuvre is provocative and challenging. She seduces us into
experiencing an authentic view of everyday life in a subtle yet expressive
Riedstra conjures up inspiring and emotional experierences that are all about
The artist lives and works in The Hague - Netherlands
Text: Jan van der Linden - Inno Strategics
- Etten Leur Netherlands
> Barbs Project
international Fashionweek 2008
' BARBS' are about women (specially) who are strongly influenced by an unrealistic
concept about beauty,
created by the media and the cosmetic industry.
In these paintings I show the estrangement that happens when loosing oneself
in this bizarre concept
Text : Sunny
Bergman - Filmmaker Netherlands