01.09.20 – 01.01.21

Floor Martens

Floor Martens (1998) is a Dutch artist and photographer. She graduated in 2019 from the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design. She has also studied Visual Communication and Material Design.

A dead rabbit in front of her parents’ house catalyzed her exploration of transformative processes. Now Martens’ work portrays the body and its possible changes. She wonders about how the values of human and animal material change, for example, during a transformation from being alive to dead. The intangible space between human, animal or environment and the relationship between these are the focal subjects of her artistic research.

Matter carries a memory, connects and directs us, and, therefore, has certain values. Major themes are combined with intimate personal expressions to further explore the true essence and characteristics of these values. Full of care, wonder and love, Martens investigation is revealed via texts, photographs, skin, hair, or blood.

Martens is the second artist to receive the Limburg Beeldende Kunst (LBK) Stipendium, a grant for fine art awarded by the Netherlands Province of Limburg. She will stay at the Jan van Eyck Academie for four months – September-December 2020 –, after which her work will be exhibited in the project space of the Bonnefantenmuseum.

Establishment of the LBK Stipendium was accorded to Lex ter Braak on retirement from his directorship of the Jan van Eyck Academie in June 2018, by Ger Koopmans, Deputy for Culture of the Province of Limburg, on behalf of the plenary provincial council. The objective of the LBK Stipendium is to stimulate the work of a young Limburgian artist, with the aim of raising the recipient's visibility and bringing their work the attention of a wider public. The Stipendium comprises a donation from the Province of Limburg of €5,000 for the production of new work. The institutional involvement of the Jan van Eyck Academie and the Bonnefantenmuseum facilitates residency of the selected artist for a working period of two months at the academy, followed by an exhibition of new and existing work at the Bonnefantenmuseum.

Lex ter Braak, Stijn Huijts (director of the Bonnefantenmuseum) and Joep Vossebeld (artist, curator and author) take joint responsibility for selecting the recipient of the LBK Stipendium.

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