Esther Janssen graduated with honours from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2000 and is known as a painter without paint. She uses computer drawings, artificial leather, and paper for her 2D work and 3D installations. Janssen’s work depicts an artificial world of houses, gardens (with neat hedgerows), forests, and streets. Her work makes visible the emptiness and alienation of our existence. Janssen’s choice of materials and her intensive craft of sewing and cutting seek the limits of perfection within a human scale. The sculptures and paintings demonstrate the thin line between authenticity and reproduction, control and chaos, and the worldly and spiritual.
At the Coach House is an overview of Janssen’s oeuvre, from her early works, in which computer animations play a significant role, to her new work realised in paint and specially made for Conversations #1. The worlds of Esther Janssen are extensively designed, deserted, and smoothly drawn; weeds do not grow in such meticulous surroundings. The decors elicit movie sets never meant to be inhabited.
Interspersed among Esther Janssen’s work, Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann show four of their most recent experimental short films. Like Janssen, their movies depict urban and private architecture through hyper-staged and stylised environments. Gossing and Sieckmann also investigate the limits of representation, leaving the viewer to wonder what is real and what is not.
Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann studied Experimental Film, Performance and Photography at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. Together, they have produced several experimental 16mm documentary films, combining documentary imagery with fictional and found footage.
Esther Janssen’s work is included in several private collections and the collections of the Gemeentemuseum Helmond, DSM Art Collection, Provincie Limburg, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Janssen past exhibitions include at the CHAMBER Gallery in New York, Art Basel, and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.
Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann have featured in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, Bonn Art Museum, Roxie Theater, San Francisco, and the Goethe Institute. In 2016, they won the Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis.