Sarah van Sonsbeeck - NL

MUNICIPALITY OF SILENCE, 2013
sculpture

Sarah van Sonsbeeck has a background in
architecture and fine art, and has therefore
developed an interdisciplinary way of working.
She has a detailed eye for the architectonic
experience of her installations and focuses on
silence, human interaction and the relational
ownership of space. The conceptual character
of her work shows a poetic sensibility, while her
choices in form and materiality are both
functional and well considered.

For KadS, Van Sonsbeeck is seeking to interact
with the public. Her installation ‘Municipality of
Silence’ comprises a municipal bench covered
with 22-karat gold leaf, which is placed in front
of a gold shop in the Zeilstraat. Gold is generally
considered to be a safe investment. The work
speaks to the imagination in this location,
particularly in our current economic crisis.
Visitors are invited to actively participate in
the artwork by carving a message into the bench,
and taking a bit of gold away with them. The
artwork consists of the transformation of an
everyday street object. Contributions made by
visitors, who add their own stories, are an
essential part of this transfiguration. As such,
the ‘silent’ installation acquires a history, and
hereby reveals a layering.

Sarah van Sonsbeeck [Utrecht, 1976] studied
Architecture at TU Delft, and Fine Art at the
Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie
van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She has
exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam,
Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach and the
Van Abbemuseum. She is represented by Annet
Gelink Gallery in Amsterdam.

www.sarahvansonsbeeck.com