The work of Nynke Koster balances on the border between design and autonomous work. 'The space around me is my mould'.
She finds these molds in unique spaces and structures of buildings and bodies. She takes parts of these embracing places with her. 'They are my 3D memories'. Because of here love for craftmenship each work is an unique and personal object.
'Something that exists to give new life. It is to connect to a place, take it with me and giving it back to others'. The wonder of the history of places takes things literally closer. The traces of men live on for years. Nynke wants to pass these tangible and immaterial relics from the past on to future generations. The best way to do this is in the world of visual art and design
Elements of time - Baroque
May 17th opened the new groupshow for talent sculptures in the Netherlands; 'Beelden in Leiden'. Curator Sandrine van Noort invited me to create my first work outside and in the public space. The annual open-air sculpture exhibition on the Hooglandse kerkgracht in Leiden is dedicated to history this year. This 7th edition of Beelden In Leiden shows sculptures by ten sculptors who use their work to point out the relevance of history. In The exhibition Concepts of Time is part of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) in Leiden. On this occasion, the RMO opened its doors for me to participate and get inspired by the collection and translate this to new works.
When I got the assignment to create a sculpture for Beelden in Leiden I visited the Rijksmuseum of Oudheden (RMO) a number of times and got in touch with their mysterious Scarab amulets. As a child I was obsessed with this beautiful dung beetle. Dualism and renewal I investigated through the symbolism of Khepri, the mythological Egyptian god-beetle that embodies eternal life and constant transformation. A symbol of resurrection and protection. Egyptologists have never discovered a specific cult center to Khepri, but he has been worshiped in Heliopolis, a center of the sun god.
With this object I honor the rising sun. As a sundial and as a cult center for the here and now.
"The dung beetle or scarab symbolized the sun because the ancient Egyptians saw a connection between the dung beetle that rolled the dung into a ball and Khepri who let the sun roll up to bring the dawn every day and its light shine on the earth."
Because of my connection with the dung beetle and the RMO the museum asked me to create a special Element of time for their collection. On view in the Rijksmuseum of Oudheden until September 9th.
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