Kirsten van Schreven

Artist's statement




My work explores aspects of the natural human condition of conflict - war. 

My life has been measured in war, from my grandfather who would never speak of his time in the trenches of the First World War, to my father and his stories of surviving the German occupation of the western Netherlands during the Second World War. I grew up in the era of The Cold War, the IRA and the Falklands conflict, followed by two Gulf wars and the current "war on terror". 

I am fascinated with and inspired by the traces, remnants and iconic images associated with war and conflict, from the deserted flak towers of Heligoland to the abandoned radar arrays of the Second World War.

"This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games." William S. Burroughs