Belgian-born Femke Fredrix studied Autonomous Design at KASK Ghent, during which she took part in an exchange program with Jesko Fezers studio, Experimental Design at HFBK Hamburg. Her affecting work focuses on an interdisciplinary mix between video art, textile, performance and sound.
Where are you from?
I am from Belgium, Ghent.
How did you come to be an artist?
Ever since my childhood I have enjoyed the feeling of being surrounded by different forms of creative expression. The desire to create my own artistic work grew naturally upon me through this creative input.
What has inspired you to create this series of work?
E(u)phemeral Map is the first collaboration between Jana Pacheco and myself. The work is strongly inspired by concepts distilled from our conversations about previous work on one hand and the space and context that brought us together on the other. The latter was a one-month artist residency facilitated by Agora Collective in Neukölln Berlin.
Who is your favourite artist and why?
I’m not sure if I really have one. However, I do feel that Bill Viola’s exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, 2014, remains one of the most overwhelming and inspiring experiences I have had with a whole oeuvre of an artist so far.
What would you say to any young people hoping or wishing to create work themselves?
I fear I might have to resort to a cliché for this question but I would simply tell these aspiring creatives to stop hoping or wishing and simply start creating. Moreover, I would stress the importance of starting from a subject or action one is really, really passionate about.
Femke’s short film ‘E(u)phemeral Map’ will be on display at Omnibus during Perception Festival: Voyage in October. See the full programme.