Exhibitions

Symbiosis Series

Isabel Cavenecia & Shani Leseman
Curator: Fenne Saedt
23.03.2024 - 09.06.2024
Nijmegen

What invisible worlds lie hidden in our subconscious? 

The artworks of Isabel Cavenecia and Shani Leseman arise from what goes on inside them. Both artists work mostly intuitively, avoiding any preconceived ideas. This often manifests itself in acrylic and oil paintings, ceramic sculptures and soft pastel drawings. Works of art full of symbolism, in which hands, boats, mirrors or doors and figures lead you to other realities. Like parallel worlds, the afterlife but also worlds that run through ours; the world of your dreams, ghosts, things you don't physically see in our world. 

Cavenecia and Leseman are interested in the spiritual: that which cannot always be perceived concretely or with senses, but which can be experienced. From card readers predicting the future to talismans with magical powers. But shamanism, magic, out-of-body experiences and astral travel (travelling to parallel universes) also influence their art practice. 

At POST, the artists collaborate on an installation that includes reflections, shadows and doors. They are diverse imaginings of portals to worlds invisible to us. Cavenecia and Leseman show that these invisible worlds can coexist and their installation suggests that travelling between these different realities is possible.

The name Symbiosis Series is derived from the phenomenon of symbiosis : the prolonged and harmonious coexistence of two or more organisms of different species, whereby coexistence in itself is beneficial or even necessary. This exhibition format provides two artists with space, resources and support to experiment and create new work. Participating artists are encouraged to interact with one another in various ways, similar to the natural process of symbiosis. During this interaction exchange and collaboration are possible, while (re)shaping the individual practice. The artists are free to experiment, explore and break up their modus operandi. It is a collaborative process where artists previously unknown to each other exchange visions, working methods and vim and vigour. Symbiosis Series VII will present works by Shani Leseman and Isabel Cavenecia.

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Shani Leseman (1996, CW) 

Shani Leseman studied painting at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She graduated from this institution in 2018 and is currently still living and working in The Hague. Leseman participated in a variety of exhibitions and projects in diverse galleries and museums. Such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Museum Ijsselstijn (Ijsselstijn), NEST (The Hague), W139 (Amsterdam).

In her work, Leseman explores the role of magic in everyday life. Central themes in her art practice are witchcraft, rituals and the object as bearer of meaning. These subjects and (revived) wisdoms stumbled upon during her current training to become a witch, a practitioner of magic, mostly take on the shape of paintings and ceramic objects. 

The use of intuition and intention are, as in magic, important elements in the artist's creation process. Composing a ritual can be compared to composing a painting, where different elements with symbolic meaning come together as one.

 

Isabel Cavenecia (1990, PE/NL)

Isabel Cavenecia completed her Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2014. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Cavenecia participated in a variety of exhibitions and projects in diverse galleries and museums. Such as Harkawik (New York), Spoiler Zone (Berlin), Relaciones Públicas Galería (Mexico City), Across (London), Title Gallery (Santa Fe), FOAM (Amsterdam).

In her art practice, Cavenecia derives inspiration from friends, strangers, music and nature. She also has a deep interest in the diverse original inhabitants of (natural) territories - from the wild Amazon, the dry desert or from the swamps of the Achterhoek. Cavenecia is fascinated by the myths of original inhabitants of these areas and the intimate relationship they have with the nature they surround themselves with. 

By drawing with pastel, graphite, ink and stencils, Cavenecia explores her personal inner realm, with its own stories and characters. During the drawing process, a constant exchange of energy and meaning takes place. She considers her drawings as poems on paper, love letters to the world.

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Shani Leseman (1996, CW) 

Shani Leseman studied painting at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She graduated from this institution in 2018 and is currently still living and working in The Hague. Leseman participated in a variety of exhibitions and projects in diverse galleries and museums. Such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Museum Ijsselstijn (Ijsselstijn), NEST (The Hague), W139 (Amsterdam).

In her work, Leseman explores the role of magic in everyday life. Central themes in her art practice are witchcraft, rituals and the object as bearer of meaning. These subjects and (revived) wisdoms stumbled upon during her current training to become a witch, a practitioner of magic, mostly take on the shape of paintings and ceramic objects. 

The use of intuition and intention are, as in magic, important elements in the artist's creation process. Composing a ritual can be compared to composing a painting, where different elements with symbolic meaning come together as one.

 

Isabel Cavenecia (1990, PE/NL)

Isabel Cavenecia completed her Bachelor in Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2014. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Cavenecia participated in a variety of exhibitions and projects in diverse galleries and museums. Such as Harkawik (New York), Spoiler Zone (Berlin), Relaciones Públicas Galería (Mexico City), Across (London), Title Gallery (Santa Fe), FOAM (Amsterdam).

In her art practice, Cavenecia derives inspiration from friends, strangers, music and nature. She also has a deep interest in the diverse original inhabitants of (natural) territories - from the wild Amazon, the dry desert or from the swamps of the Achterhoek. Cavenecia is fascinated by the myths of original inhabitants of these areas and the intimate relationship they have with the nature they surround themselves with. 

By drawing with pastel, graphite, ink and stencils, Cavenecia explores her personal inner realm, with its own stories and characters. During the drawing process, a constant exchange of energy and meaning takes place. She considers her drawings as poems on paper, love letters to the world.