Tjitske Oosterholt (1991, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) has moved from graphic design and artistic research into a more in-between state of creative practice, where she aims to combine both intuitive and experimental visual imagery mainly through the use of photographic techniques, with research on our experience and perception of the world. With a growing desire to contribute to a more sustainable, circular and responsible approach to art practice, Tjitske’s interest in the transience of the natural world and our relationship to it is taking a centre stage in all creative explorations.

                   2021     Traces
                   2021     Explorations of Chemical Reactions
                   2021     Rephrase
                  2020     Trying to hold on to running water
        2019-2021     Textures

                 < 2019    Earlier works

        In 2020 - 2021 Tjitske is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.
        Currently represented by Contour Gallery with works from
        the series Traces and Trying to hold on to running water.
        Tjitske is also the founder of office of ONGAKU, a design
        studio with a main focus on the visualisation of sound.



2021 traces


/ Extracted ink from tulips Traces

/ 2021
Autonomous Traces (of what once was)
        Photography has much to do with perception and perspective: under which circumstances is the object being photographed, what is the focus point, what is being captured in the first place? The question whether a picture can capture reality, slow down time in order to remember and understand its true nature, is becoming more and more complex when seen that the photographed object can show itself in so many ways. By dissecting a tulip, its color and its physical appearance, I try to counter the belief that photography is a tool to capture reality, and question whether there is an objective reality to begin with. Because which of the depictions is the real tulip, and is the one more tulip than the other? Is it still a tulip when slowly returning to the soil as simply a remnant of what once looked so sturdy and bright? In the delineation of the several colors extracted from a tulip, guided by the different influences of chemical reactions on its appearance, and the effect of time and light on its shape and vibrancy, I try to research the influence of ever-changing processes on our perception of what is real.

/ Anthotype Until we fade away

/ Toyobo print Tulip Bodies