Municipal Bonds is twice pleased to inaugurate their new, expanded space at Minnesota Street Project with Zaida Oenema: Broken Suns, on view from October 4 to November 25, 2023. The Dutch/Finnish artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery presents her dynamic yet contemplative reliefs on paper. Drawn, cut, burned, and folded—Oenema’s new body of work features meticulous abstractions of ephemerality in nature.
Centered on the pursuit of silence, Oenema’s practice extends beyond the mere absence of human sound to encapsulate an inner stillness. Stillness, in Oenema’s context, signifies inner peace, wonder, and deliberate deceleration. It assumes the form of positive emptiness from within, affording an actual space for the renewal of perception. For her, this allows for contemplation of the natural world, and its temporal moments in an ever-changing environment.
Zaida Oenema (1980) is a Dutch/Finnish visual artist who lives and works in The Hague, the Netherlands. Oenema studied Nordic Arts and Crafts at Ålands Folkhögskola, Finland; earned a BFA in Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2004); and an MFA in Photography at St. Joost School of Art and Design in Breda (2009). In the past decade, she has moved from photography and video performance to drawing with various tools and materials including graphite and pastel, scalpel and soldering iron, paper and wood.