Anna 1: Frijstein is an artist whose multifaceted art practice evokes the bestial side of ‘socialised' human beings. Striving towards an ecology of all, she creates worlds where animals, plants, rocks, pieces of plastic, ‘authentic' children and monstrous human beings can learn from and teach one another. Inspired by Mike Kelley’s ‘Twisted Pedagogy’, Frijstein’s bold linguistic play and her live performed characters often slip and fail in their goals of self-improvement resulting in a celebration of the awkward. Although her childlike work appears comical and playful, her layered pieces concern the emotional relationship to profound current ecological and political issues.
Anna 2: But who, or what, are you? [break]
Anna 1: Born in 1991, in a village near Amsterdam (NL), lived in Berlin for a while and returned to Amsterdam to study Fine Arts [2015, BFA Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie]. Currently, I live and work between Amsterdam and London where I completed my MA in Performance [2019, MA Contemporary Art Practice] at the Royal College of Art. Kindly supported with scholarships awarded by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Jan van Heel Fonds, VSBFonds and Stichting Niemeijer Fonds.