Elisa Verkoelen—Bij leven

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Bij leven
       een zachte grens


Want dat is hoe de dingen gaan en dat is hoe de dingen gebeuren, soms gevuld door leegte soms vervuld ervan. Soms gemaakt ervan en gedaan alsof ze er niet was zoals met de stilte ook gebeurt soms, als ze valt, tussen woorden en regenbuien. 


In the world of the living we don’t know how to connect with the dead. I compare it to an airport where the dead are the passengers we wave goodbye. Distanced from them, because the tube between the plane and the departure hall is missing. What we miss is a space in between life and death, to make the border softer.

My bronze works capture a moment in time. Handprints are turned into objects like handles, doorknobs, bowls or cufflinks. The person who imprinted these, comes closer through touch. A memoir in daily life. From dark to lighter with golden spots in between, the bronze shows as well the changing of time as the relationship from person to person. Dead or alive.

‘Bij Leven’ can’t be translated, but refers to a person in both life and death.


With this project I want to show how death can occupy a place in life. 'Bij Leven' started off with my own story. After losing my dad I realized how death doesn't know a logical place in life. For me almost all things felt practical, cold or just misplaced. This reinforced the strangeness of him passing away.

For more information about the project, prices or examples. Please send an email to elisaverkoelen@gmail.com 

24/06/2021 - 27/06/2021                    EXPOSURE                                                     LOU | Utrecht
01/07/2021 - 04/07/2021                    OBJECT                                                          HAKA | Rotterdam  

16/10/2021 - 24/10/2021                    DUTCH DESIGN WEEK                        Fuutlaan | Eindhoven