Under the resounding name of Art in Return, Dutch artist Annemieke van Beek creates inspiring relief artworks that draw inspiration from the play of light and shadow. Her approach is slightly different: her creations are not for sale, but, as the name suggests, can be exchanged. Of course we wanted to know more about that.
How would you describe your style?
‘I consider my works to be graphic reliefs, with a minimalist and rustic style. They take inspiration from the light of the sun and the moon and all the shapes come from there. In the beginning these were graphic black and white artworks and later I started to set up these works in 3D shapes. Because of the 3D effect you can see how the light plays: behind every shadow there is a bright high point that grabs light. As an artist, I love the eternal flow of creative and positive energy. I find inspiration by traveling and experiencing different cultures, which ultimately finds its reflection in my experimentation with crafts and art.’
'I love collaborations that come from the idea of exchange’
What materials do you work with?
‘I only work with natural and sustainable materials. I have a partnership with Vestingh Verf, a company that works only with ecological paints and also contributes for clean water in India. That aspect is very important to me.’
What do you consider important in the creation of your works?
‘Art and interior design should go together in my eyes. So I do a lot of custom work and adapt the colors to the interior.’
Do you have a favorite type of work to create?
‘I like collaborations that come from the idea of exchange. For example, I have a vases collection with Studio Yen, pillows with Elle La and an Art in Return table is coming with Table du Sud, which are collaborations that all came my way by chance. I find it so inspiring to collaborate with other creatives.'
What do you still want to achieve in your career?
‘I've never had a goal with my art and am incredibly grateful for all that comes my way.’ Want to learn more about Art in Return? Read the full interview in Imagicasa Design 2021.
Photography by Petra Vaessen