When it comes to film, video, neon, light, installation art and photography, the multi-faceted artist Miriam Kruishoop is essentially a storyteller. And not just her own story. She is drawn to the portrayal and empathetic celebration of the underdog in society – the isolated within communities, single and far from home, victims of abuse, racism and prejudice. Her work is sometimes emotional, sometimes pop-influenced, in rich tones and bright lights. It always has something to say about how we perceive, judge, love, learn and communicate with one another.
LA WEEKLY: When did you first know you were an artist?
MIRIAM KRUISHOOP: When I was very young, I was obsessed with movies and music. I saw Scarface and The Godfather I & II every weekend and was addicted to MTV (that was the 80s). I wanted to be a competitive tennis player at first, but when I had to retire from the sport at the age of 15 due to an injury, I decided to become a filmmaker and artist instead. I never looked back.
What is your short answer to people asking what your job is about?
I'm not a writer / director or a visual artist myself. I am creative and a storyteller. I had a record label for a while. I look for many different ways to express myself. I don't want to limit myself.
What would you do if you weren't an artist?
A full time activist. An athlete or a criminal.
Did you go to art school why why not?
Yes. I attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam – the most productive academy in the Netherlands that had a great audiovisual department with well known artists and super dope teachers.
Why do you live and work in LA and not elsewhere?
I ended up here for work with my ex-husband (Photek). He was a recording artist with Virgin Records. I moved between London, NYC and LA but decided to settle back in LA. I love this city. I love diversity and different cultures. It's the hub of entertainment, it's entrepreneurial, and it attracts a lot of like-minded people. LA is a city that you really have to discover. It's hidden. It's not for everyone and I love that. I've always been inspired by West Coast music and art. It's about space and that Cali vibe. It's something special.
When was your first show?
My first group show was in the Netherlands in 1998. My first big show was in Amsterdam in 2002.
When is / was your current / last / next show?
My last solo show was "Living in America" last year. My shows, which were supposed to open in the spring, were canceled due to Covid. My next show is planned for September at the National Theater in Rotterdam. In addition, my new film was selected for a festival in NYC. As for the art exhibitions in the US, unfortunately nothing happens. Our business has been badly hurt. Galleries and museums really have problems.
With which living or dead artist would you most like to show?
Chris Burden. David Lynch. Andy Warhol. Frans Zwartjes. Robert Irwin. Glenn Ligon. Theaster Gates.
Do you listen to music while you work? If yes, what?
I'm a musical head and listen to a lot of different genres. From Mobb Deep to Jane & # 39; s Addiction and Rihanna. The favorites of studio work are Gil Scott-Heron, Zeppelin, Parliament. It depends on my mood. My morning ritual is reggae.
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