Lisanne Hoogerwerf (1987) graduated at the Royal Academy of Art in 2011 and lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The artworks of Lisanne Hoogerwerf depict real-unreal places: places that you can’t find in ordinary reality, but that are made with real materials like pieces of wood, sand, glue, and painted canvas. She creates her art as a way to visualise inner and outer human landscapes. Working mainly from imagination, she wants to lay hold on an archetypal language.
Her studio floor functions as a stage upon which she builds, captures, and deconstructs her landscapes. With her scenes, she sometimes refer to global developments, like the pandemic, the climate crisis and environmental issues. The scenes are emptied of the hustle and bustle of everyday life: no traffic or crowded cityscapes to be seen. Contrasting characteristics and elements can be linked to her work, for example: utopian/dystopian, playfulness/seriousness, society/nature, beauty/drabness.