Stepping into Bibi’s gallery makes me feel like a child. Everything triggers new questions and the shapes, lights and diversity of the artworks offers different perspectives on the world, its nature and objects. Today, my attention fell on the houses. Their irregular shapes, transparent and dark figures and compositions seem to embody intriguing stories.
Matilde Bignotti: ‘Moving through’, ‘Hiding in my castle’, ‘Inner feelings’. I have the impression that these houses want to suggest something else.
Bibi Smit: House is belonging somewhere, right? Whether it be your house or your community or your town or your country. It is also who you are and if you feel rooted and you feel strong and you feel that you are where you belong.
MB: Does the colour suggest something? Some houses are transparent, other are darker...
BS:…and you can’t look inside. I also made some shapes that are transparent, that allow you to look inside the piece. There you see another little house.
MB: As a part of yourself that is kept inside. How did you get the idea of connecting the house to the soul?
BS: In Thailand outside of each house, school, even gas station, there is a spirit houses, a little miniature house that works as an offering table. Every week, the owner of the building places an offering in the spirit house. It is a gift to the Gods to thank them for their protection. This action makes the object, these small spirit houses, not only meaningful, but alive.