The purpose of a mythic narrative is to make the world intelligible, using magical means to resolve the contradictions of life.
"Mette Sterre is a London/Rotterdam-based visual artist/designer, mainly focusing on sculptural costume-based performances. Her work deals with grotesque, the world of topsy-turvy, the uncanny and the paradox.
Mette is inspired by Fibonacci numbers in nature, sociology and horror movies. Her current research is that of the meta-body, like a Dr.Frankenstein she sews body parts together, creating the 'body masks' of the new human beings."
Photo: "manama" performed during "hard Camp" at the Resistance Gallery in London. A combination of costume design and puppet-making.
What is your occupation now?
I am an independent performance maker and costume designer. I produce and write shows; but above all I am a visual artist working in the crossover field between fashion, theatre and culture. In my work I distort the human contours to critique current socio-political and auto biographical issues using the grotesque and artifice. I work internationally and live between Rotterdam and London.
What expertise did you gain at WdKA?
...to work as experimental and free as I personally was and to maintain that; to not listen much to people's opinions; that the race is long and in the end it is only with yourself. I learned at WdKA how to be self-critical without getting trapped in thoughts.
What is the future of your profession in your opinion?
I think collaboration between the artists and artists-run spaces will make a comeback in the dryness of current neo-liberal development; interdisciplinary projects between science and art will also become more and more usual and, of course, virtual reality and the digital realm will become a common space for exhibitions and exchange.
You never leave your house without…?
I would have loved to say: my keys but that’d be a lie - I am quite forgetful. So I'd say: a strong look to support my inner powerful warrior, let's call it my magical shield.
Any words of advice to future students?
Remember that the people you study with are your colleagues and not your competitors - sharing knowledge and opportunities can only make you stronger. Don’t believe the hypes. Make sure that you can always look at yourself in the mirror with pride because you believe in what you are doing, even though people call it ridiculous or a waste of time, you are your own judge for that. And most importantly, just keep making work. That is what makes you an artist!
Name your favourite recent project.
My latest Research and Development Project "Black Hole Empire”, supported by CBK Rotterdam, Stichting Stokroos, London Fashion Space Gallery, Arcade East and London College of Fashion Digital Learning Lab. I collaborated with scientists, dancers and an amazing composer Matthijs van Wageningen to create new costumes and performance about Black Holes in Space. I performed during London Design Festival and “An Evening of Performances by David Roberts Art Foundation” at Club Koko in London. It was EPIC. I am now experimenting with virtual reality and used new digital techniques for the costume designs; it is all quite exciting!