Isa van Lier(1996) is an artist from Amsterdam currently in residence at Het HEM, Zaandam.
Her work consists of paintings, ceramic sculptures and room-filling installations.
Trough her works she explores the boundaries between form and non-form. Promoting a way of understanding through intuition, body and soul instead of ratio, hierarchy and concepts.
During her stay in Japan in 2019, she found herself surrounded by the ancient wisdom of Zen that had always been deeply present in her work but not yet totally understood. Now full of new wisdom and aesthetically and spiritually inspired she came back with an endless amount of inspiration to work from and since then tries to recreate the feeling she gained when she went to the zen stone gardens. There, where nothing really is to see, only some stones and rocks…. But what a peaceful state of mind you enter when you are sitting in in this simple timeless environment.
However living in 2020, a world of abundance, fastness and technology, the stone gardens feel often far away. Supermarkets with endless rows of plastic packaged foods, in all the shapes and colors you can imagine.
In her work she opens up a play between these two opposites, to find out that maybe they are more alike then you would think.