"Art is the friction between nature, culture & structure"

Nicole Donkers is a visual artist from The Hague, The Netherlands. In her art she looks for the issues, the sharpness’s, frictions and distortions on the topic of identity, autonomy, authenticity and heritage. Her youth in the Orient and her Western adult life are sources of inspiration. At the moment her work consists of ceramics, video installations, photography and objects.

In the words of Stef van Bellingen (curator/artistic director): “In the work of Nicole Donkers one feels how the grammar of cyberspace and social media influences our language and cultural experiences. The tangible and the intangible stand in new relationship to each other. Each materialization (the artwork) seems no more than an extension of a constantly growing, endless virtual world. The answer lies in the creation of collections, usually unsightly business or small gestures. Nicole Donkers operates in a minor key, a key that composers use in order to express. For that reason, it is best described as musical poetics, even Wagnerian. Mainly this has to do with the strong temporal dimension of her work and which in musical terms is called the “solution”: a satisfying and soothing agreement that follows a series of dissonant tensions. Nicole loves overlapping and stacks, they come to her due to a surfeit of choice possibilities that the notion of the unique and the physical materialization of it problematizes.”