Selected Works and Writing

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A secret bag where Metis keep our magic tax exemption., 2016
Felt, thread
12.5 x 13 cm

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All My/Our Relations: Can Posthumanism Be Decolonized?, 2016

 

Essay published in the Between and Beyond series in Open! Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain
This contribution to Open! is part of a year-long graduate course at the DAI
Profs: Florian Göttke and Open! Editor-in-chief, Jorinde Seijdel

http://onlineopen.org/all-my-our-relations

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Dear Louise, there’s a heat wave in Athens and the streets are bare., 2016
Part two of performance series, ‘Dear Louise’ at Dutch Art Institute
Arnhem, Netherlands

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How to translate dead into three dimensions, 2016

Group exhibition as part of Dutch Art Institution’s Roaming Academy program ‘Non-Transmittable Form’

Participating artists: Florencia Almirón & Isabelle Sully, David Bergé, Hu Wei, Nil Ilkbasaran, Pilar Mata Dupont, Valentina Miorandi, Avan Omar, Maja Renn, Peter Sattler & Kristinn Guðmundsson, Helen Zeru

Songs for a Deaf Ox, curated by Dai Xiyun
Tutors: Ruth Noack, Tina Gverović & May Adadol Ingawanij
Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, Netherlands

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Dear Louise, how did the Greeks bury their statues?, 2016
Two performances in dialogue with Sebastian De Line & Despina Sevasti
Ghostwriter, Athens, Greece

Dear Louise, 2016
Audio excerpt from a performance at the Dutch Art Institute
Arnhem, The Netherlands
Respondents: Hypatia Vourloumis, Cara Tolmie

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Ripple Affect: Affective Turns of Body and Image (PDF), 2015

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Essay published in the did you feel it? series in Open! Platform for Art, Culture and the Public Domain
This contribution to Open! is part of a year-long graduate course at the DAI
Profs: Florian Göttke and Open! Editor-in-chief, Jorinde Seijdel

http://www.onlineopen.org/article.php?id=489

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Study for a crooked column, 2015
wood, resin
220 x 80cm

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Ocean into Algorithm and the Problem with We and They, 2015
Lecture-performance at Dutch Art Institute
Arnhem, The Netherlands

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Selfie stick and a page of salt, 2015
Pyrography on wood, Nikon Coolpix camera, 20 kg of salt in a 1.5 x 1.5 meter square, performance reciting poem Ocean Shores by Evelyn Lau (written on the Selfie Stick in a language without a people)

Second group exhibition as part of Dutch Art Institution’s Roaming Academy program ‘To Make a Work’

Participating artists: Jan Adriaans, Julieta Aguinaco, Katia Barrett, Ben Burtenshaw, Eduardo Cachucho, Sarah Demoen, Chris den Dulk, Coco Duivenvoorde, Bryony Gillard, Monique Hendriksen, Nil Ilkbasaran, Ivan Martinez, Eona McCallum, Avan Omar Muhammad, Maja Renn, Aarti Sunder, Savannah Theis

To Make a Work, Molecular Revolutions II, curated by Grant Watson & Yael Davids
Showroom, Arnhem, NL

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Ocean Shores translated into a language without a people, 2015
Pyrography on wood, 17 colour prints translating a 34 line poem into symbolic and image-based language
The poem Ocean Shores by Evelyn Lau is burned into monumental sculpture IOUD by Jasper Niens

Group exhibition with All The Cunning Stunts, James Gregory Atkinson & Helen Demisch, Olivia Dunbar, Jonathan Paepens & Rudy van Moorleghem (aka Diva John & Tina Sabrina Joyce)

Girls and Ponies, curated by Nathalie Hartjes
Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, NL

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Carpet- living moments of overlapping past, 2015
Cotton rope, wool, wood, nails, corrugated plastic, embroidered language
(translated in the title above)

First group exhibition as part of Dutch Art Institution’s Roaming Academy program ‘To Make a Work’

Participating artists: Jan Adriaans, Julieta Aguinaco, Katia Barrett, Ben Burtenshaw, Eduardo Cachucho, Sarah Demoen, Chris den Dulk, Coco Duivenvoorde, Bryony Gillard, Monique Hendriksen, Nil Ilkbasaran, Ivan Martinez, Eona McCallum, Avan Omar Muhammad, Maja Renn, Aarti Sunder, Savannah Theis

To Make a Work, Molecular Revolutions, curated by Grant Watson, Yael Davids & Wanderley Moreira Dos Santos
Casa do Povo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Six Characters in Search of an Author, 2014
Solo Installation (detail)
It’s becoming animal (2013), Arc of a body extended in space (2014), Janitor (2011), Solar Azimuth (2012), Alphabet without a language (2014)
Six Characters in Search of an Author, Zoete Broodjes, Amsterdam, NL

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Six Characters in Search of an Author, 2014
Solo Installation (detail)
Vagina Dentata (2012)
Zoete Broodjes, Amsterdam, NL

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Six Characters in Search of an Author, 2014
Solo Installation (detail)
Arc of a body extended in space (2014), Solar Azimuth (2012), Alphabet with a language (2014)

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Six Characters in Search of an Author, 2014
Solo Installation (detail)
Solar Azimuth (2012), Alphabet without a language (2014)

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Arc of Dissident Spirits, 2014
Painting and Sculptural collaboration with Merel Schoutendorp
Wood, acrylic, pigment, cloth, fabric glue, hair
272 x 295 x 60cm

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Pointy Droopy Cone, 2013
Performance, Sculptural collaboration with Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Sonja Lau and Vincent Verhoef
Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL

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It’s becoming animal, 2013
Plaster bandage, plastic, wood, acrylic, insulation foam
120 x 86 x 57cm

Participating artists: Manu Baeyens, Geert Bartelink, Daniela Bershan, Gjalt Blaauw, Alban Karsten Bras, Adam Colton, Karin van Dam, Gijs Deddens, Jan Dietvorst, Bonno van Doorn, Zoro Feigl, Irene Fortuyn, Gijs Frieling, Nina Glockner, Esther de Graaf, Hendrik Jan Hunneman, Malyssa ten Hove, Ad de Jong, Paul de Jong, Irem Kaneli & Stijn Smit, Iris Kensmil, Natasja Kensmil, Jimi Kleinbruinink, Sam Geer van der Klugt, Maaike Knibbe, Jean Bernard Koeman, Frank Koolen, Aldo Kroese, Henrik Kroner, Jana van Meerveld, Rik Meijers, Sachi Miyachi, Bernice Nauta, Jonas Ohlsson, Maurits van Putten, Charlotte Schleiffert, Bert Scholten, Anami Schrijvers, William Speakman, Benjamin Verdonck, Henk Visch, Leonard Witte, Philippe Wolthuis

All is Giving, curated by Esther de Graaf & Ad de Jong
Postkantoor, Groningen, NL

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Young Abstract Constellation, 2013
Plastic, tape, wood, acrylic, staples
177 x 124 x 62cm

Participating artists: Ada Avetist, André Avelãs, Brian McKenna, CIVIC VIRTUE, Daniel vom Keller, Gijsbert Wouter Wahl, Leo Marz, Michiel Hilbrink, Mike Ottink, Nathalie Snel, Nil Ilkbasaran, Paul de Jong, Sæmundur Þór Helgason

Flamingos & Hedgehogs, Collectief Ondergrond, Amsterdam, NL

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Upstanding Citizen, 2012
Spandex, hair, resin, wood, acrylic, cardboard
150 x 200 x 200cm

Participating artists:

Roi Alter, Jabu Arnell, Gijs Assmann, Hans van den Ban, Daniela Bershan, Bas de Boer, Maze de Boer, Melanie Bonajo, Matthijs de Bruijne, Arno Coenen, Adam Colton, Koen Delaere, Bonno van Doorn, Bart Domburg, Gijs Frieling & Daan Frieling, Lotte Geeven, Esther de Graaf, Kaleb de Groot, Ab van Hanegem, Jos Houweling, Bert Jacobs, Ad de Jong, Hamid El Kanbouhi, Natasja Kensmil, Wouter Klein Velderman, Klaas Kloosterboer, Sam Geer van der Klugt, Job Koelewijn, Jean Bernard Koeman, Krijn de Koning, Frank Koolen, John Körmeling, George Korsmit, Maartje Korstanje, Marijn van Kreij, Axel Linderholm, Erik Mattijssen, Jana van Meerveld, Rik Meijers, Sachi Miyachi, Aapo Nikkanen, Ruchama Noorda & Gijsbert Wouter Wahl, Jonas Ohlsson, David Powell, Jacobien de Rooij, Ian de Ruiter, Maarten Sleeuwits, Derk Thijs, Henk Visch, Judith Witteman, Izaak Zwartjes

Present Forever, BeeldHalWerk & Fatform, curated by Ad de Jong, Manuel Klappe & Daniela Bershan
Garage Kraaiennest, Amsterdam, NL

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Wandering apprentice, 2013
Wood, ceramic, epoxy, raw pigment, wood putty, stone
153 x 33 x 30cm

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Rock ’em Sock ’em Hockey, 2013
Wood, fiberglass, metal flag holder, cardboard, putty, acrylic
167 x 97 x 29cm

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To Gather, 2013
Wood, resin, plaster bandage
120 x 74.5 x 14cm

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Where my 7th grandmother may have lived, 2013
Installation
Mixed materials
Graduation exhibition, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

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Vagina Dentata, 2012
Serrated saw blade, rope, hand-carved wooden handles
149 x 18.5 x 28cm

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Janitor, 2011
Wood, cotton, plastic
124 x 18cm

artist statement

My artistic practice consists of writing, storytelling, sculpture, painting and installation. In these mediums, I explore collective myths that stem from my upbringing in British Colombia, Canada and personal experiences as a Chinese-Métis person.
Ancestral and contemporary mythology are central themes in my visual practice. The working or crafting of a material becomes ritualized into a transformation of the media from its origins into something else.
While investigating new materials for a sculpture, I begin with mapping what each material connotes, what we associate with this particular material and its historical usage. These symbolic associations to a material convey universal meanings which are commonly understood. For example, with the denotation of spandex, one may conjure thoughts of aerobics, 1980’s, tight, elastic, expansive, colourful bodies and revealing forms. The semiotic connotations are a starting point, combined with form, colour, and traces from my own hand to create a material story which is more personal and layered. In this way, I ostensibly communicate non-verbally through the use of abstract forms, colour, layers, objects and scripted language.

from David Maroto, Edinburgh College of Art/Dutch Art Institute, PhD Researcher
“Sebastian has a background in shoe design and orthopaedic shoemaking and is part of Amsterdam’s anarcho-queer-feminist community. Equally critical of the common places of activism and of art practice, he seeks a non-spectacular form of art that enables an intimacy with the spectator. His work, Alphabet without a language, for example, is the result of a dedicated five-year study of the process of evolution from language to object (how discrete objects are the fruit of linguistic conceptualisation), from object to image and from image back to (written) language. Some of the signs from which this work is formed are based on previous sculptures (such as To Gather). He also intends to use this alphabet in future applications. Sebastian has a critical disposition towards complexity and against extended pre-assumptions. Being told many times in the past that art is not about opinions, but exists solely to pose questions, only spurred on his search for what art could instead be: brave and outspoken.”

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Collectief Ondergrond members from left to right: Sebastian De Line, Nathalie Snel, Michiel Hilbrink together with invited
artists: Saemundur Thor Helgason, Ada Avetist
Build-up of Flamingos & Hedgehogs exhibition, Oosterburgereiland, Amsterdam, NL, 2013