Noortje Zijlstra

Noortje Zijlstra

Biografie

Noortje Zijlstra (Huizen, 1986)

Noortje Zijlstra (1986, Huizen, Netherlands) studied Fashion Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. After graduating with her `meisjes met baarden` (girls with beards) project she received a lot of attention from magazines, newspapers and blogs. She worked in fashion for two more years. In 2013 she chose a totally different approach and started to make objects, mostly with taxidermy as her medium. ARTIST STATEMENT Noortje Zijlstra: “With my work I want to ask the viewer questions but also I want to make him laugh and amaze him. I use subjects from daily life that fascinate me. That can be everything; beards, food, the way we treat animals but also a broken heart. To show the things we all know in a playful way is what interests me. My work characterizes itself by a clear image in which you can find humour but also seriousness. I use different kinds of material; a work can be an object, photo or installation. However, my specialty is skinning dead animals (taxidermy) so this appears a lot in my work.”