A series that portrays my search for situations that provide me with an ‘unheimlich’ feeling; the sense that something is off. Most of these works were created at night, when the unseen awakens. But photos shot in the daylight turn out to fit in seamlessly with them. Searching for the hidden mystique. 2022 – 2023
Even though I surround myself with them, I find myself looking at digital images of plants more often than I look at actual plants. And by ‘look’ I mean more than just taking a glimpse. I mean observing their details, their uniqueness, really taking in their essence. There is something inherently unnatural about putting small excerpts of nature in plant pots and putting them on display. It’s like puzzle pieces of different images being forced together. Most times the composition it creates is just an awkward reminder that soil and concrete don’t combine. Sometimes though, I see a beautiful mosaic. 2018 – 2022
Commissioned work for Luzius and Friends, 2021
In haar fotografie legt Sterre Arentsen de details vast van een onvatbare wereld. Dit levert beelden op die visueel vervreemdend zijn en tegelijkertijd vertrouwde ervaringen oproepen. Haar fotoserie Luwte, onderdeel van Stil 't Tij, is een emotionele tocht door de stad Zutphen. Het verleden, het heden en de toekomst: alles vloeit hier in elkaar. Tijden worden getijden en geven Zutphen op die manier een karakter dat net zo speels is als de IJssel. /// Deze fotoserie is van juli 2021 t/m september 2021 te zien geweest in tentoonstelling 'Stil 't Tij' in Dat Bolwerck te Zutphen, onderdeel van IJsselbiënale 2021.
The world often appears staged to me. People follow their daily routines as if their agenda was a screenplay. Stand still in a crowded place and you quickly see the patterns emerge. They lead nowhere, though. Everybody would like to play the main role in his life, but nobody fits the part. The truth is we´re just not good enough actors. We´re not exactly a good audience either, peaking behind the scenes whenever we get the chance. The more sight, the less insight. It´s funny we wonder so much about the things we don´t understand. It´s obvious, what´s behind the curtain just isn´t meant to be seen. 2020 – 2021
Shiver is a body of work, made at night. The night is something that really fascinates me. All the darkness, the lack of sight, it makes me really uncomfortable. The fear I experience is what triggers me to make certain photographs. This is what fascinates me, how your emotions can affect your work. In this series, I focus on the emotion 'fear'. 2018 – 2020