Serpent, single channel video, 2006, 25 minutes, looped
In the video Serpent a snake moves continuously in an enclosed white space. The continuity of movement attracts and mesmerizes through its surreal scale, positioning and sense of gravity. Following Bush’s totalizing usage of “evil’ in van der Heijden’s visual vocabulary the oblivious snake becomes the serpent — symbol and instigator of the original sin, who seduces Eve with the promise of the divine knowledge of Good and Evil, if she eats a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge.
About Liselot van der Heijden
Liselot van der Heijden produces installations, videos, objects and photographs. Recurring themes in van der Heijden’s works are control and power of the gaze, the tendency to objectify “the other” and “nature” as a cultural/political idea and anthropomorphic projection. Her work suggests that representations of nature reveal more about cultural, ideological, political and social frameworks, than actual nature.
Over the past decade, van der Heijden has exhibited at various institutions throughout Europe and the United States. Her work was shown at LOOP, Barcelona, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg and Centre Contemporain d’Istres, France, Videonale 8, Bonn, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, and Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona. In the United States, venues include Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA, the Bates Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, 40000, Chicago, Quotidian Gallery, San Francisco and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. In New York City, she has shown works at the New Museum, the Queens Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center, LMAK Projects, Luxe Gallery, Schroeder Romero, Exit Art, Artist Space, White Box, Momenta Art and the Dumbo Arts Festival, among other venues.