ARTIST

Mette Sterre

“THE PURPOSE OF A MYTHIC NARRATIVE IS TO MAKE THE WORLD INTELLIGIBLE, USING MAGICAL MEANS TO RESOLVE THE CONTRADICTIONS OF LIFE. “ ​ – ANTHROPOLOGIST CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS

 

METTE STERRE IS A LONDON/ROTTERDAM BASED VISUAL ARTIST/DESIGNER MAINLY FOCUSSING ON SCULPTURAL COSTUME BASED PERFORMANCES AND LENS BASED MEDIA. HER WORK DEALS WITH THE GROTESQUE; THE WORLD OF TOPSY-TURVY, THE UNCANNY AND THE PARADOX.

 

SHE IS A RECENT MA GRADUATE FROM LONDON CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS AND HER WORK HAS FEATURED IN THE CATLIN GUIDE, A PRESTIGIOUS PUBLICATION OF UK’S BEST GRADUATING GRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE ART STUDENTS. SHE WAS ALSO ONE OF THE TWELTH GRADUATE ARTISTS TO BE SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON AT THE ART15 IN LONDON.
​HER WORK HAS BEEN FEATURED IN VOGUE, DAZED AND CONFUSED, WALLPAPER MAGAZINE AND THE VOLKSKRANT MAGAZINE, AMONGST OTHERS. METTE STERRE WORKS INTERNATIONALLY AND HAS EXHIBITED AND PERFORMED IN THE WATERMILL CENTER IN NEW YORK, THE PLATFORM THEATRE IN LONDON, THE TRIENALE MUSEUM IN MILAN, SCOPE ART FAIR IN BASEL, AND ART ROTTERDAM, AMONGST OTHER PLACES.

 

SHE’S INSPIRED BY FIBONACCI NUMBERS IN NATURE, SOCIOLOGY AND HORROR MOVIES. HER CURRENT RESEARCH IS THAT OF THE META-BODY, PROPOSING A NEW PHYSIQUE AND BODY LANGUAGE FOR THE NON-HUMAN BODY. LIKE A DOKTOR FRANKENSTEIN SHE SEWS BODY PARTS TOGETHER, CREATING NEW FORMS OF LIVING BEINGS. THESE ARE CONSTRUCTED THROUGH THE SCULPTURAL COSTUMES THAT FUNCTION AS BODY MASKS, BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ANIMATE AND INANIMATE, GENDER, NATURE AND ARTIFICE, OBJECT AND SUBJECT.

 

SHE ANTHROPOMORPHISES EVERYDAY OBJECTS, BY USING THEM AS THE MAIN SOURCE FOR HER SCULPTURAL COSTUMES.
MATERIALS SHE WORKS WITH ARE AS VARIED AS BALL PIT BALLS, RUBBER BANDS, GIFT BOWS AND CERAMICS. THE CREATURES ARE MADE THROUGH AN ELABORATE PERIOD OF INTENS LABOUR; A COSTUME TAKES 3-6 MONTHS TO BUILD. THE PROCESS IS VERY REPETITIVE.

 

AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN HER PRACTICE IS ENDURANCE. IT’S IN THE PRODUCTION AS WELL AS WEARING THE COSTUMES. YOU COULD CALL THEM BODY MASKS, AS THEY COVER THE ENTIRE BODY AND FACE, LEAVING NO TRACE OF WHO IS UNDERNEATH, ENHANCING THEIR TRANSFORMATIVE POWER. THE COSTUMES ARE VERY RESTRICTIVE IN MANY WAYS; HOT, HEAVY, RESTRICTIVE EYE-SIGHT, DETERMINING THE MOVEMENT OF THE PERFORMERS.
SHE BELIEVES THERE’S A STRONG CONNECTION WITH THE MANUAL LABOUR AND THE EXPERIENCE OF THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE COSTUMES TO PERFORM ANOTHER WORLDLY BEING.

 

THE COSTUMES ARE ALWAYS THE STARTING POINT OF THE PERFORMANCE. THE PERFORMANCE ITSELF IS DEVELOPED THROUGH A PROCES OF TRAIL AND ERROR; MOVEMENT IS DEVELOPED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PERFORMERS AND MUSIC IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART, FUNCTIONING AS A SONIC SET.

EDUCATION
2012-2014 “MA PERFORMANCE DESIGN & PRACTICE”, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, LONDON(UK)
2002-2006 “BA AUTONOMOUS VISUAL ART”, WILLEM DE KOONING ACADEMY, ROTTERDAM(NL)
2011 “MA PERFORMANCE & CREATIVE RESEARCH”, UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON, LONDON (UK)

PRACTICE
* VISUAL AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST AT METTE STERRE ENTERPRISE (NL)
*DIRECTOR AND ARTISTIC LEADER OF THEATER COMPANY “CRYSTAL METTE & THE FICTIONS”(NL/UK)
*COSTUME DESIGNER FOR DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU(GR), CHRISTOPER KNOWLES (US), GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN(UK), IDDO GRUENGUARD(IS), MAPPED PRODUCTIONS(UK), KITTENSH*T THEATRE(UK), DESPOTIN BEAT CLUB(LT), CHANNEL 4(UK)
*VISITING PRACTITIONER AT THE MA PERFORMANCE DESIGN & PRACTICE AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS LONDON, BCADEMY ROTTERDAM, HUTTO PROJECT AT THE AMERICAN ACADEMY BERLIN, NIEUWE VIDE HAARLEM, TENT ROTTERDAM, KUNSTHAL ROTTERDAM AND INSTITUTIO BUENO BISTA CURACAO (AS PART OF THE OTHER SIDE OF REALITY PROGRAM)
* CURATOR FOR ART INSTITUTE ROODKAPJE RADICALS, ROTTERDAM & MA DEGREE SHOW 2016 MA PERFORMANCE DESIGN & PRACTICE,
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS (NL/UK)

SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS
2017 “RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUND”, CENTRUM OF VISUAL ARTS, ROTTERDAM(NL)
          “CONTRIBUTION TO EXCEPTIONAL TALENT”, STICHTING STOKROOS”, UTRECHT(NL)
2016 ”INCIDENTELE BIJDRAGE BUITENLAND”, PROJECT FUND FOR POLY PPE, CENTRUM OF VISUAL ARTS(NL)
2015 “CATLIN GUIDE” SELECTION OF UK BEST MA AND BA GRADUATES FROM 2015 PUBLISHED IN CAITLIN GUIDE(UK)
          “RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUND”, CENTRUM OF VISUAL ARTS, ROTTERDAM(NL)
         “FONDS 21”, PROJECT FUND FOR PERFORMANCE, AMSTERDAM(NL)
         “BIRD HOFMANN FOUNDATION FUND”, WATERMILL CENTER, NEW YORK (US)
2014 “BIRD HOFMANN FOUNDATION FUND”, WATERMILL CENTER SUMMER PROGRAM, NEW YORK(US)
          “POST GRADUATE COMMUNITY ART FUND”, POST GRADUATE FUND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON (UK)
2013 “FOUNDATIE VAN DE VRIJVROUWE VAN RENSWOUDE”, EXCEPTIONAL TALENT SCHOLARSHIP(NL)
          “BEKKER-LA BASTIDE FONDS”, EXCEPTIONAL TALENT SCHOLARSHIP(NL)

COLLECTIONS
        “HUMMELMANIA” ARCHIVED IN“STAGE COSTUME COLLECTION” AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS(UK)
        “PLAN T(R)OPICAL” ARCHIVED BY“INSTITUTIO BUENO BISTA”, PART OF THE COLLECTION AT THE ART CENTER IN CURACAO(CW)
        “SULKING EQUITY”, DRAWING COMMISSION, ERASMUS FACULTY OF LAW, ROTTERDAM(NL)

SELECTION OF PRESENTATIONS 2018 – 2013
2018 “FAILURE IN CHROME”, THE WRONG BIENNIAL, DIGITARTISTSRESIDENCY.COM (ONLINE)(SOLO)
          ”LE FAUX RIRE”, COBRA MUSEUM, AMSTELVEEN (NL)
          “ARTIST IN RESIDENCE”, INSITITUTIO BUENO BISTA”, WILLEMSTAD (CW)
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2017 “BLACK HOLE EMPIRE”, LONDON DESIGN WEEK ARCADE-EAST/FASHION SPACE GALLERY, LONDON(UK)
         “QUEERING THE OCCULT: SYMPOSIUM DEEP TRASH”, QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY, LONDON (UK)
         “PLAYTIME”, KUNSTVLAAI AT THE SSBA SALON STADSSCHOUWBURG, AMSTERDAM (NL)
         “10TH ANNIVERSARY; AN EVENING OF PERFORMANCES”, DAVID ROBERTS ART FOUNDATION, CLUB KOKO, LONDON (UK)
         “BIRMINGHAM ART WEEKENDER” CURATED BY FIERCE FESTIVAL, BIRMINGHAM (UK)
         “I CAN’T BE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE AT THE SAME TIME”, EMBASSY GALLERY, EDINBURGH(UK)
         “ONCE UPON A PINK”, PUDERRAUM GALLERY, BERLIN (DU)
         “9TH FASHIONCLASH FESTIVAL”, FASHIONCLASH SAM DECOR FABRIEK, MAASTRICHT(NL)
         “ART BASEL”, SADIE COLE, BASEL (FOR MARVIN GAYE CHETWYND) (SW)
         “INSANITY”, BOZAR, BRUSSELS (FOR MARVIN GAYE CHETWYND)(BE)
2016 “POLY PPE”, SPILL INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL, IPSWICH (UK)
          “MEGAHAMMER #2”, GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL, GLASGOW (UK)
          “PERSPECTIVES AND CONTEXTS: PERFORMANCE DESIGN AND PRACTICE AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS”, CSM (UK)
          “MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING”, KUNSTHAL ROTTERDAM, ROTTERDAM(NL)
          “SAIARAGAZ, HONEY YOU’RE NO SEA BUNNY”, GALLERY JOEY RAMONE, ROTTERDAM (NL) (SOLO)
          “ALL YOU CAN ART/ROTTERDAM SUMMER CARNIVAL”, ROTTERDAM SUMMER CARNIVAL, ROTTERDAM, COMMISSIONED BY  
           INSTITUTIO BUENO BISTA CURACAO, KUNSTHAL, TENT ROTTERDAM, ROTTERDAM UNLIMITED(NL/CU)
2015 “TRIBES”, PRAGUE QUADRENNIAL OF PERFORMANCE DESIGN AND SPACE, PRAGUE(CZ)
          “SPOTLIGHT ON SCHAWINSKY”, MIGROS MUSEUM, ZURICH(SW)
          “UAL STAND”, SELECTION OF BEST GRADUATING ARTISTS FROM UAL LONDON, ART15 OLYMPIA, LONDON(UK)
          “WATERMILL BENEFIT”, WATERMILL CENTER, NEW YORK(US)
         “ON THE OTHER SIDE OF REALITY”, DUO-EXHIBITION WITH MARGA WEIMANS, TENT, ROTTERDAM(NL)
         “CARNIVALE”, MARRES HOUSE FOR CONTEMPORARY CULTURE, MAASTRICHT(NL)
         “JAN VAN SCHOONHOVEN”, WAALSE KERK I.C.W. MUSEUM PRINSENHOF, DELFT(NL)
          “LOST & FOUND”, OUDE KERK, AMSTERDAM (NL)
          “SUPER NOVA”, SCHUNCK, HEERLEN(NL)
2014 “RED NIGHT”, TRIENALE DESIGN MUSEUM, MILAN(IT)
         “WATERMILL BENEFIT”, WATERMILL CENTER, NEW YORK(US)
         “THE SUNDANCE KID IS BEAUTIFUL BY CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES”, WOOSTER GROUP PERFORMANCE GARAGE, NEW YORK(NY)
        “HYSTERIA # 3 ABJECTION”, CUE ART FUND, NEW YORK(US)
        “HIDDEN BARFLY”, ART ROTTERDAM, ROTTERDAM (NL)
        “CRYSTAL METTE & THE FICTIONS”, PLATFORM THEATRE, LONDON(UK)
        “ACTSREACT FESTIVAL ”, WIMBLEDON ART SPACE, LONDON(UK)
         “NIGHT WATCH FESTIVAL”, CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION, CAMBRIDGE(UK)
         “HIDDEN BARFLY”, ART ROTTERDAM, ROTTERDAM(NL)
         “THISARTFAIR”, BEURS VAN BERLAGE, AMSTERDAM (NL)
         “GREEN ROOM”, NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY, NOTTINGHAM (FOR MARVIN GAYE CHETWYND) (UK)
2013 “WILD THING”, CURATED BY BART HESS@TETEM, ENSCHEDE(NL)
        “UNSTABLE”, RABBIT HOLE THEATER/EMPROS THEATER, ATHENS(GR)
        “FORUM FOR LIVE ART FESTIVAL FLAM 4 ”, ARTI ET AMICITEA, AMSTERDAM(NL)
         “UNSTABLE”, PLATFORM THEATRE, LONDON(UK)
        “MUSEUMNACHT AMSTERDAM”, HERMITAGE MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM(NL)
        “SCOPE ART BASEL”, GALERIE 10, BASEL (SW)
        “MY HEAD IS LIKE AN ANIMAL ”, SOUTH SQUARE CENTRE, BRADFORD(UK)
        “(UN)PERFORMING”, DEPARTURE FOUNDATION, LONDON (UK)
        “HARDCAMP”, RESISTANCE GALLERY, LONDON (UK)
2012 “BACK TO THE HUNTING GROUND”, GALERIE 10, UTRECHT (NL) (DUO-EXHIBITION WITH INGE AANSTOOT)
         “THE FAR FUTURE IS NATURE”, TETEM, ENSCHEDE (NL)
         “SAVAGE AMUSEMENT ”, KULE THEATRE, BERLIN (DU)

PUBLICATIONS
2016 “TRIBES:THE WALK” BY SODJA LOTKER, PRINT BY STUDIES IN COSTUME & PERFORMANCE VO.1 NR.2 JOURNAL(UK)
“GLITTER STRING OPZIJ, VUURWERK UIT HAAR REET” BY ELFIE TROMP, 23-9-2016, PRINT VRIJ NEDERLAND(NL)
“ROTTERDAM UNLIMITED BARST OPEN”, 28-7-2016 PRINT BY METRO(NL)
2015 “A FOREST OF PERFORMANCE ARTISTS”, BY MARSHALL HEYMAN, 27-7-2015 PRINT BY WALLSTREET JOURNAL(US)
“THE WATERMILL CENTER BY ROBERT WILSON” TEXT BY FABIO CHERSTICH, 10-10-2015, MAGAZINE PRINT BY VOGUE ITALIA (IT)
“THE ART WORLD’S SUMMER BACCHANALIA: A PHOTO HISTORY”, BY RYAN STEADMAN 24-7-15 PRINT BY THE OBSERVER(US)
“REVIEW ART15” BY ZEHRA JUMABHOY, 31-5-2015, ONLINE ARTFORUM(UK)
“PRAGUE QUADRINALE CATALOGUE 2015”, PAGE 341, BY SODJA LOTKER, DANIELA PARIZKOVA, PRINT CATALOGUE(CZ)
“INTRODUCING 40 OF THE UK’S MOST PROMISING ARTISTS”, BY ALEX TAYLOR, 29-1-2015 BY DAZED AND CONFUSED(UK)
“IN CONVERSATION WITH METTE STERRE”, BY DANIELE AGTANI, PRINT BY ARTEFACT MAGAZINE(UK)
“DE TOP 5 LEUKSTE KUNST VAN AFGELOPEN HALVE MAAND”, BY JAN HOEK, 25-4-2015, ONLINE VICE(NL)
“WATERMILL SUMMER BENEFIT”, C. HUANG ART 30-7-2015 ONLINE BY ART OBSERVED
“FROM A GIANT WHITE BEAR TO A DEAD FISH” BY KATHERINE MCMAHON, 27-7-2015 ONLINE BY ARTNEWS (US)
“CATLIN GUIDE 2015, SELECTION OF BEST GRADUATING ARTISTS FROM THE UK”, BY JUSTIN HAMMOND, PRINT BY CATALOGUE(UK)
“ODE AAN BEELDEND THEATER EN METTE STERRE”, BY HARRY PRENGER, ONLINE BY ZWART GOUD(NL)
2014 “ILLY RED NIGHT”, 3-9-2014, ONLINE VOGUE ITALIE (IT)
“WATERMILL CENTER’S FREE DAY” BY REBECCA KLEINMAN, 8-9-2014, ONLINE BY HOLLYWOODREPORTER(US)
“12 FAIRY TALE-INSPIRED IDEAS FROM THE WATERMILL BENEFIT” BY JIM SHI 31-7-2014 ONLINE BIZBASH(US)
“AT WATERMILL CENTER A NIGHT OF BEWITCHING TALES”, BY GABRIELLE SELZ, 1-8-2014 ONLINE HAMPTONS ARTHUB(US)
“TRANSFORMER: ASPECTS OF TRAVESTY@RICHARD SALTOUN”, BY GUILIA CASALINI 7-2-2014 ONLINE HAPPY FAMOUS ARTISTS (UK)
“CLOUDS, BUBBLES AND TINSEL AT THE WATERMILL CENTER”, 27-6-2014 BY MARSHALL HEYMAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL(US)
“ROBERT WILSON CONJURES A PERFORMANCE ART SPECTACLE”, BY JJ MARTIN,ONLINE WALLPAPER(US)
“UITREIKING DOLF HENKES PRIJS 2014 @ TENT”, KUNSTBEELD 19-12-2014