About the ArtistLutgerink (1982) graduated cum laude in 2005 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, Fashion Design. After graduation, she was nominated for several fashion prizes and a glorious career in the fashion world layed ahead. However Lutgerink could and would not abandon from the fine arts. In her work, the fashion seems to echo. Her work is aesthetically very refined and layered both literally and figuratively.
Being a daughter of two biologists Lutgerink wonders how the world would look like it there wouldn’t be any intervenes anymore, if you let everything grow and let his own way. What if we wouldn’t try to control anything anymore?
Elke Lutgerink makes objects that emit a certain materiality. She strongly feels the need to give back to nature things created by man. “I can’t revive anything, but I can transform artificial materials to something that seems to have ever lived, or I can let artificially materials overgrow lifeless things. I’m fascinated by fungi, among others, mysterious creatures that aren’t plants or animals and all we leave behind, engulfing under a thick soft layer that seems most like plush. ”
The title refers to the boundary between human and animal, between the natural and the unnatural, the living being and the thing, and the inner and outer world. This boundary is not clearly defined, but like skin permeable, which is both beautiful and frightening at the same time. In her work Lutgerink wants to emphasize adividing line between the outer – and the inner world. Lutgerink explores a world that lies just beneath the surface of reality.