Marije Romme

The spatial manuscript ‘Arte es vida’ is composed of seven wooden panels. There is a photograph on both sides of each panel and the panels are joined together by means of red bands. This connecting system enables the panels to be hinged on two sides. As a result, the manuscript can be opened in different ways and the pages are in no fixed order. The photographs can be distinguished into two groups. Black-and-white photographs show the activities and lives of fishermen, while colour photographs show details. Marije Romme has used this differentiation as a metaphor in order to represent the active and contemplative sides of life respectively. The work is also a travel story, inspired by a lengthy stay in a remote fishing village in Southern Spain.
The guiding theme in the work of Marije Romme is the following statement by Yves Klein: ‘Life, life itself … is the absolute art.’