Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff

 

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Both born and raised in New Zealand (Aotearoa) they have lived in the Netherlands since 1989.
Much of their work relates to the human condition as an interweaving of the spiritual, social and material.

Often their videos, installations, sculpture, prints or drawings relate to a type of telling that plays with meanings or associations. A lyrical sensibility dominates over the biographical, making these works more about ideas, but in ways that stimulate self-investigation. Viewers often need to take action as part of the experience of the work.

Sometimes they work individually and other times with others in various media.

200 word biography   |   C.V. for Sen + Sonja
Bed Peace, 2013, installation + performance. Performers: Carmen, Toroa, Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff
The Feast of Tabernacles, 2013, wooden structure
Belief, 2013, ceramic objects, mirror + stand
Markings, 2013, ceramic objects, wax + mirror
Under the Trees: a suite of sculptural and performative interventions at "Land Art Maastricht" 2013, Maastricht, The Netherlands
I know that you love me (Ik weet dat je mij lief heb...), transparencies, 2013
First Twitters, print on transparency, 2013
THIS - about Tahora High-country International Sculpture curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2013, Aotearoa | New Zealand
Grove, land art, earth and tree trunks, 2013, Aotearoa | New Zealand
Oratory at Tahora, land art, earth and tree trunks, 2013, Aotearoa | New Zealand
"Kāinga - Puke Ariki" Kāinga a roto, kāinga a waho (Home within, home from outside) 2013, 5 video installation
Portraits for the Spirit - Ngā Whakaahua o te Wairua 2013, site specific installation incorporating art by Rotorua artists

Third Nature: the threshold, 2012, outdoor sculpture proposal.
House of Worship - de Pieter, 2012, nine piece dome-like sculpture
Room of Memories, 2012, site specific (house-like) sculpture
Patched Memories, 2012, sewn covering
Gaia's Pillow, 2012, stencil print painting
Tomorrow Looks Back (Time Rolls out), 2012, stencil print / painting / installation
Into the line of time, 2012, site specific installation, SPLORE arts festival, Tapapakanga Regional Park, Aotearoa | New Zealand
Transit in a green landscape, 2012, video / happening, Aotearoa | New Zealand

Kāinga a roto | Home Within , 2011, 5 video installation
The Image, 2011, silkscreen print, text, ribbon
Several Seas, 2011, computer print on transparency
Under perfumed flowers..., 2011, outdoor installation for "OpenLuchtHotel"

Prints, paintings, and an epic poem
Kāinga a roto | Home within, 2010, video installation/sculpture
The Tears of Rangi | Ngā Roimata o Rangi, 2010, 17 min video.
The Moving Heart | Te Ngākau Nekeneke, 2010, 17 min video.
The Dark Valley, 2010, 13 min video.
The Two Lands, 2010, 17 min video.

Heart of the Land | Te Ngākau o te whenua, 2009, 5 min video.
43 Paintings, prints and objects, 2009-10, Aderna Kapsalon (Hairstylist shop), Leiden
Installation July 2009, in a shop in the Carlisle Art Festival, Carlisle, U.K.
The Tree Top Gallery, 2009, site specific installation + workshop
Ascending Poem, First Step + Certain Measures, 2009, site specific installations
Galerie TamTam site specific installations > Sen Flag deconstruction, Sonja > Wrapping
"And these realities...", 2009, animation
Waka Huia | Feather Boat, 2009, suspended object, edition of 35

Wrapped, and at home, 2008, site specific installations, video + performances
Dagedraad | Threads of the Day, 2008, site specific installations throughout a historic building
Nga Paepae Hou | New Vessels, 2008, installation / exhibition
La Pensée Sauvage, unfinished, music + soundscape
New Vessels, 2008, artist book presentation of drawings, prints + the text of the poem
Cornus Sanguinea, 2008, shrub + wood engraving mainly by Sen McGlinn

Town Dog, 2007, music + soundscape by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff
Cross Pollination, 2007, made with Sen McGlinn, sculpture and sound piece

Voorbereiding op de inburgeringstoets
Preparation for the citizenship exam
, 2006, colouring page by Sen + Sonja
In the Lands of Knowledge, 2006, video.
Fruit, 2006, installation

Breathing In - E hau ana i roto, 2005-, interactive flash - video/poem/music - unfinished-
View stills and text about this work

Vignettes and Interstices, 2005, drawings, text and photographs inside boxes
Dicht op de Muur (Close to the wall), 2005, site specific installations, Leiden, The Netherlands

Fain Would They, 2004, mild steel, lamp, text.
At the Edge, 2004, video
Generating Plant, 2004, object / sculpture.
Day of the Daffodils, 2004, performance

Fruits of the Earth, 2003, performance / installation
An inland soul, 2003, hanging objects with soundscape.
Domestic Self-Surveillance 2003, hanging object.

Foundations, 2002, photographic image
A rite of Passage, 2002, performance
Movement for Mother and Child, 2002, performance with Tamatea and Sen McGlinn.

The Gesture, 2001, nine computer prints on the theme of the cross
Parking Spaces for Important Visitors, 2001, performance/installation
Inspiration, 2001-2, shaped canvas and cotton forms
Children of Tane, 2001, print on inner lining of children's singlets.
Something about New Zealand, 2001, performance / installation in Quartair, The Hague
Juste pour les oiseaux (Strictly for the birds), 2001, performance / installation, France
Onder vier ogen (Between you and me), 2001, ceramic mask-forms
Dans le jardin des beaux arts, 2000-2001, performances, installations in 3 countries in 2000 and 2001 (a collaboration between Jacqueline, Sen and myself).
You Can Never Stand..., 2000, Bird-form bearing text

Grains of Salt, 1999/2000, small wall objects
The continuously expanding space..., 1999, video and slide projections, texts, hung objects, printed images and mirrors (a collaboration between Jacqueline, Gaudi, Sen and myself).
The Living Creature, 1999, with 6 other artists and a 6 year old, in a rose garden, Southwark Park, London as part of the InterAction Performance Festival
Tabula Rasa, 1999, as part of InterAction, Southwark Park, London.
The Living Creature, 1999, installation, various media with 6 other artists, London, U.K.
Grains of Salt, 1999, six minute video
Small Ones, 1999, computer prints

Making Salt, 1998, ISEA (InterSociety for Electronic Arts) symposium, Manchester, U.K.
Making Salt, 1998, website featuring photos and texts.
Memorials, 1996-8, ceramic tiles and printed text.

Concerning the Excess, 1996, Nine minute video, voice in English: Sen McGlinn, performers: Tamatea McGlinn & Sen McGlinn.

Savour the Experience, 1993, during the European Arts Biennale, various locations around Maastricht, The Netherlands

Artwork arranged by medium    Sen + Sonja's c.v.    Sonja's c.v.    Sonja's Design page    The Guided Tour - Click on images