Visiting the artist – Tessa de Rijk

Me and Laura visited Tessa de Rijk in her beautiful atelier in Amsterdam a few weeks ago. It was the first time Tessa and I actually met, but we’ve been in contact for quite some time now! 

Tessa send me one of her artworks to photograph when were still living in our previous home. Loved it ever since! Over time I’ve seen her craftsmanship develop and her style grow, such a beautiful process to see. Thats why I felt inspired to breathe some new life in to my ‘visiting the artist’ concept and so I asked Tessa if we could stop by to explore her inspiring world! Art has always played a big part in my life. When the world around me doesn’t seem to make sense, I find a home for my thoughts in art. It feels great to finally give it some more space on my blog again.

Tessa graduated in 2014 from the HKU (Utrecht school of the Arts). She has always felt like an artist, in fact, she believes she has never been anything else. Which really makes sense to me as someone who has felt the urge to express myself via art and photography all my life.

Tessa describes her art as a (temporary) endpoint in a search for a composition of texture and material that is in perfect harmony with each other. Her art is not necessarily a bombastic eye-catcher, but because of the serene nature of her work, it offers a piece of mind. Tessa explains: ‘I test and try a lot to get to that temporary endpoint. I am always concerned with “would this work or not if I experimented with this? What if I tried this? And so on…”. My studio therefore feels like an creative artificial lab from time to time, with different experimental stations where I temporarily stoped. I save experiments and take notes to ultimately achieve a result that works for me’. 

An imported part of her process and art is creating her own materials. Overtime Tessa noticed the materials that are offered in stores were no longer in line with how she felt inside and wanted to create, so she started to create her own paint and brushes. Because of this, her work feels more authentic and becomes slightly unpredictable, since every piece of art is unique. 

Random fun fact: we discovered we both love the Zero movement from the sixties! So here’s a tip from us to you: really worth diving into! 

Thank you so much Tessa for opening up and sharing your story and welcoming us to your artistic save heaven! We are very inspired by Tessa her work, we hope your are too! If you want to know more about Tessa make sure to check out her Instagram and website! 

Love, Laura & Michiel

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april 3, 2020