Iris Woutera de Jong – Gerrit Rietveld Academie Bachelor 2016
Iris Woutera de Jong
Before entering the Rietveld, Iris Woutera de Jong had already started studying the movements of the human body at age sixteen, at an art school in her hometown Rotterdam. Audio-visual techniques and performance art were always part of her vocabulary, and gradually Iris fell into place in the fashion department. Especially after interning in the theatre she became aware of the challenge of positioning herself. “My work is very intuitive and hoovers between performance, philosophical research, art and design.”
Iris’s graduation project ‘Looming’ is the result of a dizzying study into the phenomena of the circle. “Looming is a dialogue with the body that lingers, and then suddenly, playfully claims its maximal round scope before withdrawing into flatness again. The circle as a ritual movement, wherein we connect. The body looms in its simple, unadorned entirety, and then gets woven into the shape. The body and mind are tempted to succumb their sense of freedom to the material with its slowing, hypnotizing energy.” Iris’s performance is an invitation to give in to the continuous wave of movement.