Sonja van Kerkhoff

Sonja van Kerkhoff is a New Zealand
artist based in the Netherlands + Aotearoa.

She uses diverse materials and media to
produce lyrical work often with a conceptual edge.

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"My works are narratives as aesthetic experiences in sound or vision, whether in static,
interactive or time-based media."

Drawn by Sonja van Kerkhoff. 
Drawing is often my way of playing with an idea or feeling.  
 Drawn by Sonja van Kerkhoff  
 Lens based by Sonja van Kerkhoff.
I bought my first SLR camera at the age of 18 (1978) when I also built a darkroom. I'd been developing my own photographs since I was 16 thanks to a trusting high school teacher. Photographic images have played a part in my art practice since about 1991.  
Performances by Sonja van Kerkhoff + others.
My performance pieces are often low-key interventions with the public.  
 Soundscapes + sound related artworks by Sonja van Kerkhoff.
Sometimes I work with musicians or use their music. I aim to create aural dissonances between 'reading sound' as a form of narrative and 'hearing' it as abstraction. An inland Soul at Sea (2003) are hung transluscent forms with a 7 minute soundscape which incorporates sounds and music by four musicians which I worked into a soundscape. Talk Back Pool (2006) is an interactive work made for two computer keyboards.  
 Text Related artworks by Sonja van Kerkhoff.
A lot of my work incorporates text, sometimes in several languages such as A Tangled Tale, which bears batiked texts in Maori, English and Dutch. I also first started writing art reviews for the student university weekly in the mid-80s. Since then I have occasionally written reviews or theory related stuff.  
with Text     
 Painted by Sonja van Kerkhoff.
I've painted since I was 15 and like drawing, often I use this as a way of working out a story or script which might end up being realised in a different medium.