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Materials are important to Hooghiemstra. Paper is not just a support, it is an integral constituent of the artworks and through the engagement with collage, the altering and additions to the surface, the work is constructed. The quality of the marks, dry, scratched or on a water saturated surface are vital to convey the essential sense of place. A delicate balance between loosing and finding the image is sought. Hooghiemstra does not make studies or sketches; everything is a non-mediated item, completely of itself. The evocative fragments are forged into a meaningful whole.
Tjibbe Hooghiemstra is a Dutch artist and has been an artist in residence at Annaghmakerrig, Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland where he regularly teaches at the University of Ulster and NCAD. He previously exhibited at Limerick City Gallery of Art in 1999 and he has work in the National Collection of Contemporary Drawing, Limerick City Gallery of Art. Recent exhibitions were at Galerie Espace Amsterdam, DNA Gallery Provincetown and Scope Los Angeles. His work is included in collections in Tate Gallery and the Stedelijk Museum.