Hello, I am Tijs Rooijakkers

I make 3D images.
To be more precise, I make stationary movements.

My installations appear as sketches in space, accepting no notions of gravity or other laws of nature. Present and weightless. It’s like they have grown naturally, perched or risen in the place where they are located. Lightweight and ready to move on. You can see that they are stuck and standing still but in your imagination they hover and flow on.

I search for the limits of the materials that I use and the shape I want to achieve. In order to do this, I experiment a lot and develop my own techniques and tools, such as bending wood by use of a steam box.

The location of my installations and the people who live there play a major role in the creation of my work. This is also the reason why I feel the most at home in public spaces. My work requires a dynamic, vibrant space around it: a natural habitat from which it is not only created, but also comes to life. My installations invite people to look at and play with their surroundings in a new way.

Freek Lomme (Director of Onomatopee) wrote about the essence of my work. You can read this here in Dutch.

And where do I come from?

I was born in 1975 in Vorstenbosch. At seventeen, I entered the army for six years, and was stationed amongst others in 1993-1994 in the former Yugoslavia. After this period, I began at the Art Academy SKV Sint Joost in Den Bosch, where I graduated in 2004. Since then, I have been working as an artist. I have exhibited at the Van Abbe museum, KunstenLab, MU and festivals such as Oerol, Bosch Parade and Duizel in het Park. These days, I am increasingly focusing on work in public spaces. Since 2011 I am the President of the Foundation La Citta Mobile, a collective of artists and designers in the Eindhoven neighborhood Gestel, my studio is also there.