Risja Marie Henriëtte Steeghs (born in Roermond, in 1991) works and resides in The Netherlands. She has previously lived and worked in Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and recently graduated from an MA Sculpture at The Royal College of Art in London. Risja loves dancing, drawing dreams and making paper hats for friends. Her hair has the same colour as Pippi Longstockings.
Her current practice moves along the lines of sculpture, installation, extended painting, and performance. Focussing on textiles, bedsheets and ceramics as her main materials. Risja explores the bed as an extension of the body or rather a bodily universe, using her artworks as an unfolding series of diaristic documentations. Through the use of performative activations the artist aims to breathe life into her artworks, creating small rites of rebirth which act as an encounter between the artwork and her own body becoming and forming a unity in space.
She is interested in reconstituting at home-ness in public spaces and art environments. Through her installations and small performative interventions the art space becomes a way to constitute a personal at home-ness for collective breathing and being.
For her show at Babygirl Movement, she is showing a series of ceramics, small wrapped paintings and big sculptural paintings made out of bedsheets, old clothes and pigments.