The artist duo Nicole Driessens and Ivo van den Baar have been working together since 1999. Their artistry has evolved around the question of how the reality of their immediate environment can be turned into art. The central value of their work is research into how this is possible. Which images from their reality can be transformed into art and what then is the meaning of the resulting work and the meaning of artistry itself? Is it about engagement, an indictment or a purely visual statement? The readymades of bulky waste, dead-ridden pigeons or withered bouquets found on the street are the traces of human existence. These are contemporary versions of the classic still life, such as Vanitas, which points to the temporality of our existence. All this forms a visual database, which talks about man’s constant search for a place on earth to live.
The work of Driessens & van den Baar shows a great love for materials and crafts. In the attention for making the works with mainly textile and epoxy resin, there is an important significance. Both materials can be used in both two and three dimensions. They have an extensive range of technical possibilities and expressiveness. Artworks can be developed both painterly and sculptural, depending on the applied techniques, which require a lot of attention and time. The triviality of the chosen subjects is canceled by the time spent on a work of art. The dirt becomes the source of beauty.
Through this transformation Driessens & van den Baar bring the raw outside world back home, but this time as works of art. The viewer will now look at his surroundings with a different look.
Their design products come from the same research, but have found specific applications in products and interior design projects. Two main collections have been originated from this process: the Felt Plant Collection and the Soundscape Collection.