SETTINGS (performance)
BIOGRAPHY
Patricia de Ruijter, Weert 1962
In the 1980s, Patricia discovered her passion for art in the Amsterdam underground scene, where the word ‘selfmade’ was already commonplace. She experimented with poetry, painting and physical performances, exploring mental as well as literal limits. In 1995 she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld academy, with her thesis project involving collage-like photo essays. She has always been attracted by interrogating reality and approaching it from a fresh, personal and philosophical perspective, and she is still working on this. Patricia has created various experimental exhibitions and festivals since 2003 under the name Test-Portal, now Art. She has also been supervising students from the final year of De Fotoacademie since 2002.

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
As a person and throughout my work, I’ve been absorbed by “space” : Cultural and Natural space, Body and Mind space, the Whole and the Individual: closing the gap between these supposed opposites creates an optimal space.
The word BreathingSpace reflects my personal desire perfectly.
In our continually changing, evermore opening world, space turns out to be a inexhaustible source of inspiration.
As my work as an artist and curator emanates from an organic development, the two have become almost indistinguishable to me.
I work with a forward looking vision, reacting to the future.