'Entre - Act' 2000
Location: Cascade building, floor 1
Edith Imkamp van der Does de Willebois (1930), as her full name is, first studies at the Rijks Academie in Amsterdam, and then switches to Ateliers '63 at Haarlem for a half year. Among her teachers there are Wessel Couzijn, the founder, and Tajiri. That half year at the Ateliers has a decisive influence on her way of thinking and working.
Imkamp says: "I was really quite unhappy at the Rijks Academie. It was a course in which you were told 'That's allowed, and that's absolutely not'. The Ateliers were a great pleasure. I went to a car disposal facility along with Tajiri, extracted materials from car wrecks and immediately set about constructing and welding."
It was Couzijn who kindled her self-consciousness. Imkamp: "He told me: 'Edith, what you're making now someone else can make too. But where are you yourself? He persisted and really kicked me into freedom.”
Edith Imkamp has developed a work method all of her own. She casts wax plates into cold water, making them solidify immediately. That gives her molds a rough and a smooth side, which she then polishes.
About her work she says: "I usually just start off and see where I end up. I believe my work is strongly based on nature: attraction and repulsion, the opening and closing of flowers; very organic. My works are abstract, but still comprise elements from the world of insects. A shield on legs is also quite a challenge, I've been grappling with that for years."
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