Anneke de Rooij
Ghost Wall, 2011. Porcelain bricks, silicone.
Anneke de Rooij imagines what this wall may have looked like long ago, creating a solid but translucent structure that speaks to its brick surrounds and glows phantasmal at night time.
Anneke often works serially rather than making single artworks, employing her art practice as a defence or avoidance mechanism. Without an identifiable end point to her repetitive processes, she works in a purposefully laborious manner to indefinitely avoid facing ‘real life’ issues. On the flipside, engaging in repetitive actions positions her in a contemplative space where she can’t help but reflect on deeper psychological uncertainties or consider if she should “get a real job”.
Time consuming and repetitive endeavours are often haunted by what Anneke describes as “the ghost of excess labour”. She references an oppressive aura where the viewer is poignantly aware of the time and energy invested in artworks or “awe-inspiring and absurdly unnecessary” architectural feats like the Egyptian pyramids. She likes to envisage this aura as a physical material (like a glaze or paint) that coats the work. Whilst the delicate porcelain of Ghost Wall remains unglazed and unfinished, it retains the aura of its own tedious construction.