"As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer" - Victor Hugo
Mette Sterre is a London/Rotterdam-based visual artist mainly focussing on sculptural costume based performances and lens based media.
Her work deals with the grotesque: the world of topsy-turvy, the uncanny and the paradox. Inspired by the repetitive patterns in nature, sociology and cultural history in the field of horror movies, she's currently focusing on the grotesque body.
By the de-identification of the human body, she questions the stigmatisation of difference, questioning the social construction of identity by blurring the boundaries between the inanimate and the animate, gender and object and subject.
She does this by creating sculptural costumes, giving birth to new forms of living beings.
The costumes of these anti-characters are made out of unusual materials like ceramics, rubber bands or animal prosthetics. She works on the border of theatre and live art, bringing the sculptures to life in a performance where mise-en-scene plays an important role to support their context and loose narratives.
METTE STERRE IS CURRENTLY WORING ON A NEW SERIES OF COSTUMES, AFTER HER AMAZING WATERMILL SCHOOOL SUMMER EXPERIENCE, LED BY ROBERT WILSON, AT THE WATERMILL CENTRE IN NEW YORK.
HER TRIO EXHIBITION WITH STYRMIR ORN GUDMONDSSON AND SAMANTHA THOLE AT ROODKAPJE ROTTERDAM THIS SEPTEMBER WAS WELL RECEIVED. METTE STERRE'S COLLABORATION WITH SAMANTHA THOLE "DOUBLE-HELIX (A QUATRE MAINS)" ABOUT A GOLEM AND HIS CREATOR WAS PART OF THIS EXHIBITION.
"i consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exist can satisfy me. Nature is ugly, and i prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial." - Charles Baudelaire