Visual artist. More legs. No faces please. Clothing and identity.
Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Human limits and insecurities, obsessions and fears, vanity and desire - all beautifully captured in the humorous and challenging works of Dutch visual artist and sculpture art teacher Guda Koster.
Guda treats the body as a sculptural base and clothing as a statement and confession of her enigmatic figures, stimulating the viewer to look beyond appearance. Guda´s works are full of everyday parallels, mild social criticism, irony and humor. She enjoys playing with illusion and contrast between the visible and the invisible.
2020 The big happening, public space Amsterdam (NL)
2020 Get Dressed, Galerie in der Reithalle, Paderborn (DE)
2019 Blindgangers, CBK (Center for Visual Arts) Amsterdam (NL)
2019 Kontinuum, Sparkasse, Wuppertal (DE)
2018 The women behind, Museum on the seam, Jerusalem (IS)
Your art is...
Colorful, cheerful, humoristic, bright
Name something you love, and why.
Flowers because of their beautiful shapes and bright colors.
Which professional success meant the most to you?
The moment photography entered my work. Suddenly my work was picked up everywhere by magazines, blogs etc. and I suddenly had buyers for my work.
Analog or Digital?
Tell us something about your education
I studied sculpture and textile in Amsterdam, and both directions are very important in my work. From sewing the clothes and building the set to taking the photos I appear in, I am a true DIY kind of artist.
A question that moves you right now
What will the world look like after Corona.
Since I made living sculptures that only existed for an hour, it only made sense to take a photo as documentation. Taking a photo became more than just a registration, it became the final work.
What was the weirdest encounter, the craziest adventure or the most beautiful moment you experienced on a shoot?
In 2017 I collaborated with AURA dance theater from Kaunas (Lithuania) on the performance Sprendimas (Gamechanger). In August 2020, they asked me again for a collaboration to make costumes / sculptures for a new performance that would be shown at the international dance festival. The “costumes” that I designed and made for dance / theater group AURA’s new piece are abstract constructions, made of textiles in bright colors or textiles with graphic designs. I do not emphasize the forms of the dancer’s bodies, but dehumanize them into sculptures on the contrary. The dancer’s bodies are hidden in geometric three-dimensional objects, and even their faces remain largely invisible. From the outside there is nothing more to see than an arm or a leg. Their freedom of movement is limited. How the dancers deal with these handicaps is a challenge that is the starting point of the piece. The “sculptures” can be seen as a metaphor for how people should behave in public spaces during the Corona crisis: touching or even seeing each other cut off, but protected by the construction in which they are hidden.
What is more important to you: Form or content?
Both. A work can start with the pattern of a fabric found on the market or it can start with an idea. The idea may seem fantastic, but implementation often falls short. To get the visual result I want, I constantly adjust the designs and sets until the installation is okay.
What part of the human face is your favorite?
You don’t see the face in my work. The face is so important that it distracts you from other things, such as the shape of the clothes, the patterns or the composition. If you cannot see the face, the human figure is dehumanized into a sculpture and the viewer’s attention can remain focused on patterns, fabrics and general atmospheres.
In most works you only see just an arm or a leg. Probably more legs
Where does your inspiration live?
Books, costumes, Pinterest, everyday situations, theatre, other artists, fashion, abstract art
What would you do if you weren't afraid?
Speleology, exploring caves, the curiosity what lies beyond.