"Growing up with salad is a good start", says Wapke Feenstra born in Wjelsryp, Hennaarderadeel, Netherlands, 13 July 1959. Who is Wapke Feenstra? She is a visual artist who lives and works in Rotterdam. She studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem and took a post-graduate course in fine art at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (1990 & 1991).
In 1993 she won a Prix de Rome at Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. Since 1994 Wapke Feenstra has been recording local observations and initiating joint cultural ventures, including NEsTWORK during Manifesta1. She also mounted an exhibition programme called WSSOHWTE? Her work features in museums and private art collections in the Netherlands, the USA and Germany.
In 2003 she teamed up with Antje Schiffers and Kathrin Böhm to establish www.myvillages.org, a platform for collective rural art projects.
Art and Agriculture Culture (and hence art) is rooted in primary industry and essentially owes its existence to work on the land. My own focus in art lies mainly in agriculture. My interest is autobiographical.
As a farmer’s daughter, the bottom-up perception of landscape was part and parcel of my youth and is still an integral part of my experience through family connections.
Agriculture exists in a rich cultural tradition and feeds art history. It was because my fellow-artists and I wanted to share this rural perspective and draw attention to it in contemporary art that, in 2003, we founded myvillages.org, a creative platform in which the countryside is regarded and shown as a place for and of cultural production.
My background, combined with a passion for contemporary conceptual art, fuels my interest in rural production and rural products.