Sophie Johns et Gladys zeevaarders EN



Gladys Zeevaarders (Kerkrade, NL 1993) and Sophie Charlotte Johns (St. Gallen, CHE 1993) are two individuals who work together. They are makers, painters to be more specific, but then in the broadest sense of the word. They move within the material playing field of the visual arts.

“There is a high amount of concentration in the work. Two pairs of eyes see more, two minds have a greater capacity and a greater distance from one another; conventions are visible to the other. There is enough freedom for critique to lay these bare to the other.”
Extraction from: “When Johns meets Zeevaarders (2017)” 

This shortly describes the manner in which Zeevaarders and Johns work together. To the both of them the work has the highest priority. They can boldly react within the physical making process as well as debate beyond social boundaries. The collaboration keeps the both of them sharp, with the consistency of an extra audience through the other. The two positions come together within this platform of making, while sharing a congruous goal: exploring the unknown by making, in search of wonder.

The work being a result of this search, it tries to capture and lay bare this volatile phenomenon in the slightly less ephemeral. In order to do so, they add and subtract colors in their weight and opacity, combine materials of a wide spectrum that can act as hider or hidden, carried or carrier, vast or seemingly insignificant with their own rules which they attempt to redefine for this higher cause. Also, they collect moments they see and attempt to reinterpret these in their work; a means of absorbing a part of the world, digesting and unfolding them back in return.