Exhibition: 13.10.2018 – 03.02.2019
“BACKUP” – Solo Exhibition of Seet Van Hout
LOCATION: Kelfkensbos 59, 6511 TB Nijmegen/NL
Seet van Hout (Nijmegen, 1957) has been working for months on the preparations for her monumental installation BACKUP, which will be on display in the patio of Museum Het Valkhof from 13 October. In her work she visualizes the complexity of memory: how chaos and structure alternate and how we remember and forget. The installation consists on large rolls of cotton with embroidered text fragments, poems, news items and articles that are all about memory. Some texts offer a glimpse into the memory of the artist: Van Hout also processed fragments from her diaries.
The embroidered strips of textile, which she made partly with the help of embroiderers, hang down in the patio of the museum from a height of six meters. The viewer can move through the work and, while wandering between the fragments of text, gets a glimpse of Van Hout’s fascination for human memory. Just as memories are not static, BACKUP has no fixed form. During the exhibition, some cotton bars are rolled up and others are unveiled. In addition, Van Hout complements its installation with newly embroidered texts. Every Wednesday she is working in the museum, where the visitor can follow her own process and ask questions.
The memory is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Van Hout and runs through her oeuvre like a red thread. Since 1996 she has been working on artworks on this theme, under the umbrella title Art of Memory. Contained in textile works, ceramics, paintings, drawings and books Van Hout depicts all possible aspects of the memory. Van Hout’s work is included in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, CODA Apeldoorn and in numerous private and corporate collections.