A Glass of Water ( Exhibition EdB PROJECTS 2012)

 A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment) solo exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne Projects.  25-2 /31-3-2012.

Saskia Janssen, artist, installing her show at Ellen de Bruijne Projects                                                                                                             installing the show

A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path Enlightenment). Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS is presenting a collection of new works by Saskia Janssen as well as a hand made pilot publication under the title A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment). The works have been created over the previous year in response to the lessons about Buddhism that Janssen has been attending every week at the temple – housed in the cellar of a sunbed salon – of a small Buddhist community in eastern Amsterdam. During these lessons and the lectures and rituals conducted by visiting lamas, Janssen takes notes and makes sketches. Once back in her studio, she turns them into drawings, photos, sculptures and texts, thus transforming the lessons into works or revisiting earlier works from a new perspective. In doing this she follows a self-imposed rule: no depictions of Buddha, no exoticism. For her the crux is the transformation from concept to work and the shift in perspective.

 A Glass of Water is a tangential sequel to the Me & You on a Golden Avenue exhibition, which was the result of Janssen’s encounters at the Blaka Watra walk-in centre, a space for long-term users of hard drugsin Amsterdam. There Janssen’s focus was on encounters with strangers, but here it is about an encounter with the great unknown. The two locations and their populations could hardly be more different, but in an extraordinary way there is also an overlap: both offer a different view of the world around us, provide more space to think and a greater capacity to place things in perspective.

 S.J.: At Blaka Watra I meet people who own nothing more than a plastic bag and the clothes they are standing in. At the temple I encounter lamas who explain why you actually don’t have to possess anything more than what you truly need. While the users spend their days wearing themselves out to acquire the necessary drugs for their pursuit of ultimate happiness, the lamas devote most of their time to meditation and study on the path to Enlightenment, their own form of ultimate bliss.

The pilot publication A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment) will be available at the gallery during the exhibition (in a hand made numbered edition of 60). From 26 February, a PDF version of the publication can be downloaded for free via www.saskiajanssen.com/A-Glass-of-Water. In 2013, an offset printed extended version of this publication will be published by Roma Publications.

saskia-janssen-Akwidaa-time-1 a  Akwidaa Time, object by artist Saskia Janssen at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS

Akwidaa Time. A remake of a calendar found in the village of Akwidaa (l), Ghana.


Publication A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment). Pilot version, hand made edition of 60 signed and numbered books.



Cat Ladders ( Konstanz, Jena, Gubbängen, Björknas, Salt Lake City) Remakes of existing cat ladders, wood, various dimensions.

Saskia Janssen, artist's publication, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS Amsterdam


Saskia Janssen, artist's publication, shown at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS Amsterdam

Saskia Janssen, artist, exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, 2012

Saskia Janssen, artist publication at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS Amsterdam, graphic design Jaan Evart


Saskia Janssen, artist, drawings at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS

Saskia Janssen, drawing, ink on paper, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS