Sylke van der Heiden (B. 1997 Haarlem, The Netherlands) is a Dutch artist living and working in London. She obtained her bachelors in conceptual communication design from Design Academy Eindhoven in the Man and Communication department, and did an exchange to Chelsea College of Arts in the Fine Arts Department.
She loves film, and external realities, and dreams, and fairytales, and water, and seas (though not when the water is too deep and she has to swim), and trees (especially when you get really really close them and there is no way you can see the whole tree from top to bottom and your eyes are forced to take in all the small details, leaves, woodgrains and markings) and washing lines when the white laundry is drying in the garden and the sun is shining, and her bedside table lamp that is made of matt glass and shaped like a flower, and sheer mesh fabrics (that when layered on top of each other create a very strange illusory texture that looks great both the the natural eye as well as to the lens of a camera), and sand (dusty sand), and the sound of bike tires on the road when there are small pieces of stone trapped between the wheel and the tarmac, and looking at things so fast that all the objects become blurry so that the boundaries fade out and it becomes a new vision (an other disrupted vision), and listening to the 'sound soup' of her direct environment (roads, gardens, rooms) and trying to locate where each individual sound comes from, and soft textures with hard and sharp edges, and repetition, and slightly off beat rhythms resembling human heartbeat when emotions change.
'The shapes in the room shifting from being up close and magnified to being far away and distorted, depending on what side of the binoculars I put my eyes against. A spectator looking through both sides of the lenses.'