PATTA Q&A: ELISA VAN JOOLEN

Leading up to her new in store exhibition opening at Patta this Thursday, we had a chat with Elisa van Joolen.

Who are you, and where are you from?
Elisa van Joolen, I live and work in Amsterdam.

What keeps you occupied on a daily basis?
My son, my work, I have my own design studio, and my students I teach at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. At the moment I am in the midst of preparations for the presentation 'One-to-One (R. Mariz)' this week at Patta en Zeedijk 60. Next to that I am working on a new publication and a project which will be shown at 'Change!' exhibition at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen this fall.

How did you get into clothing design?
By chance...

What do you think is the connection between clothing and art?
Clothing deals with the material, the actual objects. Whereas art (and fashion) deal with the immaterial, the ever-changing value attached to the material.

You've had multiple exhibitions in different countries. Do you have a favourite and if so, why?
It was a dream to exhibit at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam last year. As this is the place where as a kid I first encountered contemporary art.

Which music artists are you currently listening to and would you recommend others?
I rediscovered 'Darkside' by Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, I can listen to the album 'Psychic' forever and ever.

What is your best power piece at the moment?
A 'One-to-One (R. Mariz)' piece.

What is your favourite graphic at the moment and why?
Last week I saw 'Manifesto' a video installation by Julian Rosefeldt with Cate Blanchett (she plays 13 different characters). Different manifestos are used from i.e. André Breton, Kazimir Malevitsj, Sol LeWitt and Yvonne Rainer. I was blown away- so amazingly good!