Sjoerd van der Heyden

Sjoerd van der Heyden (1998, Nijmegen) is a young artist who recently graduated from HKU Fine Art in Utrecht. He mainly works with installations, sculptures, video and drawings. His work is best described as absurd, full of action, humorous, quick and diverse. In his process he is in search of a childlike form of playing. By using rules, Sjoerd creates playgrounds for himself where he collaborates with friends and other artists.

His work has already been exhibited at Ruis, the Academiegalerie, Omstand, Het Blauwe Veld and the HKU Exposure show.

Creating playful adventure films about knights, pirates and cowboys, Van der Heyden’s work is best described as absurd, full of action and humorous. In his multidisciplinary practice consisting of installation, sculpture, film and drawings he searches for a childlike form of playing. Taking on the role of a goat, pirate or cookie baker, Van der Heyden uses costumes and props to embody the roles in his exciting storylines. Props hold the power of transformation; give someone a sword and they will feel like a knight.

Van der Heyden uses the strength of nostalgic pretend games as a narrative. Collaborating with friends and other artists, he creates playgrounds with sets of rules to push decision making and stay in the rush of the process. These can be about the use of materials, concept, time, theme, working method or location. Like driving picket posts into the ground to create a field, he creates these sets of rules to demarcate his playing field. This is where he finds the space to explore, make mistakes, play, but above all, create.

Text by Milou Terpstra

The legend of the number one trophy drawings #09, 2022 | Ink on paper | a4

Sjoerd van der Heyden

The legend of the number one trophy drawings #08, 2022 | Ink on paper | a4

Sjoerd van der Heyden

The legend of the number one trophy drawings #22, 2022 | Ink on paper | a4

Sjoerd van der Heyden

The legend of the number one trophy drawings #64, 2022 | Ink on paper | a4

Sjoerd van der Heyden

The broken trophy #, 2022 | Mixed media | 44 x 35 x 48 cm

Sjoerd van der Heyden

Allabeth's shield, 2022 | Mixed media | 73 x 50 cm

Sjoerd van der Heyden

Corbin's shield, 2022 | Mixed media | 73 x 50 cm

Sjoerd van der Heyden

Allabeth's helmet, 2022 | Mixed media | 45 x 28 x 38 cm

Sjoerd van der Heyden

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