Project Silver Maple Ballroom IIII ‘Lay of the Land’


52 x 72 cm mixed media on heavy paper 2017

Project Silver Maple Ballroom IIII 'Lay of the Land' 52 x 72 cm mixed media on heavy paper 2017

About Project Silver Maple Ballroom 2016 – 2017


This project is about manipulation, mental and verbal, I think right now you will find this phenomenon everywhere.
Whether we talk about the Trumps of our time, or Google with his manipulative data searches, or the way it is brutally used within religion.
To me it looks like ordinary people all over are deluded by overpowering loud rude speeches, mind boggling internet data, the power of media, without asking themselves what they might feel or think.
It seems as if as a sincere person that is civilized, thinks, analyses, educates him or herself, is powerless by this short-sighted and self-centred behaviour.




Drawing No. 97 Vagrant by Goya on aquarelle paper 30 x 48 cm 2014


Drawing No. 97 Vagrant by Goya on quarrel paper 30 x 48 cm 2014

(©)Riedstra, the Netherlands, 2013

Art reflects its time, a primary source of information.

These drawings and works are multi layered and study’s based on Renaissance paintings and refer to a historical concept. Somehow they reflect an atmosphere of apocalypse.
Whether religious, sexual or political, they are part of the timeframe then and the timeframe now. Wars going on, religious uproar, sexual conflicts, economically uncertain times. But at the same an opening up of fantastic innovative possibilities then and now.

With these study’s I want to connect 16th century art with Contemporary art.

Riedstra has studied applied arts in Tel Aviv and The Hague, as well as M.A. Scenography at St Martins London, and completed her masters in Seville, Spain. She lives in the Netherlands

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