‘SOTT’ – photo by Leoniek van der Vliet
Christina de Korte (1997) – The Netherlands
Graduated in Fine Art, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU) in 2019
Lives and works in Utrecht
Christina de Korte is a passionate collector, a tendency she developed as the child of a father who was always travelling and bringing home objects, souvenirs and stories of faraway places and cultures. The collections that amassed at her parent’s home have been a starting point for her own practice. De Korte began by photographing the cabinets, drawers and boxes stuffed full of curiosities and everyday objects, which she made into a book entitled Thuis, the Dutch word for “home”. The artist then translated this fullness to her studio, which resembles something of a stall at a textile market. The many paintings in her installation zoom in on details from scenes all around her, for instance pieces of Vlisco textile or a photograph taken at a crowded market in Zagreb. The installations of De Korte submerge you into a visual explosion of colors and visual motives as if everything is in motion and restlessly finding its way towards you, vying for your attention.
Besides her art practice, she is learning Arabic and is delving into “non-Western” art forms, religions and history. The combination of working in her studio, theories, and the graceful letters of Arabic reinforce each other.