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PEIM VAN DER SLOOT

INTERVIEW

If you weren't an artist what do you think you would be doing? 

Harvesting almonds on a farm in south east Spain, near the Mediterranean coast

Tell us the meaning behind the 'Doughnut Series'? 

These works are inspired by the Doughnut economy model by Kate Raworth, which is a new framework for sustainable economical development combining the concept of planetary boundaries with the complementary concept of social boundaries. A model that is not out of kilter with our human or environmental needs. I visualised the harmony in working together in different colours

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Peim van der Sloot, The Doughnut in Orange and Green, 2021, 50 x 70 cm, available 

Where do you see yourself in contemporary art, how would you like to remembered? 

I very much enjoy the free existence of being an artist, no rules, no boundaries, no limits. My practice is very ambiguous and ever-changing and I don't like to be restricted by any of the (unwritten) rules in the contemporary art world. Probably I will be remembered as the artist that makes the best cocktails at his opening  

Have you always used the medium of sticker collage in your art? How did using stickers in your art begin? 

At one of my first exhibitions I sold an empty frame with my signature on it, at the moment they were purchased, I'd put a red dot sticker in the middle of the frame. Usually, in a gallery when an artwork is sold the sticker is placed on the wall next to it. The transaction of selling my work became the artwork itself. After this the stickers appeared in my works in many shapes and colours. At my exhibitions I love to question the assumptions on which our economy is based on when selling a new work 

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Your studio is in Amsterdam, what's your studio like and how has living in Amsterdam impacted your work? 

I have my studio 10 minutes biking from my apartment. It is located in an old school building and the houses around are 40 studios with artists, designers and workshops. It is a very lively community and many of my friends are here too. You can find me either working in the garden, the silkscreen workshop or late at night listening to punk music and making art. Amsterdam is a very international city, and because I grew up in Argentina, many of my friends are from Latin America. Before Covid I would spend my free time volunteering at squatted cultural spaces. The city has a rich history of underground sub-cultures and rebellion 

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Peim van der Sloot, The Doughnut in Pink and Yellow, 2021, 50 x 70 cm, available

Who or what are your greatest influences? 

I consider myself as a minimal-abstract-conceptual artist inspired by the legacies of John Baldessari, Herman de Vries, Hilma af Klint and Howardena Pindell, but I think I am most influenced by befriend artists I see regularly or collaborate with. Those relationships are very valuable and great to reflect on each others work and to always keep learning 

What's next for you in 2021, what are you looking forward to? 

I've started to work on a couple of huge canvases, very free and intuitive work. Usually, I use very geometric and precise grids, this time it's total anarchy. I am very curious how that will turn out. Also I have a couple of very interesting collaborations coming up, and I'm starting my very own 'artists in residence' programme in Spain for international artists. 

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Peim van der Sloot, The Doughnut in Red and Blue, 2021, 50 x 70cm, available

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Peim van der Sloot, The Doughnut in Black and Blue, 2021, 50 x 70cm, available

Finally, if you could interview anyone past or present, who would it be and why? 

Without a doubt JRR Tolkien, it would not be much of an interview, but I would love to smoke a pipe with him and chat about life