Puk, the artist

Petra-Puk Bresser (known by all simply as Puk) is a female installation & visual artist. Born in The Hague – the Netherlands (1972).

From an early age she is into drawing, painting, photography (old, analogue techniques) and philosophy. During her childhood she moved almost every two years. These frequent changes, clearly formed her. She’s outgoing and openly curious about anything, everything and everyone.

During her early twenties she started to travel and live abroad for about ten years. Working as an outdoor- and scuba instructor, she literally played with the experience of 3D. Being adventurous she pushed the boundaries during scuba diving. This ultimately let to a forced change of carrier and let her back to an old love; the arts.

As a late bloomer she started to study in thirties (Fotovakschool Amsterdam) and forties (Royal academy of fine arts, Antwerp)

Installation & visual artist

Although Puk works with photographic processes, she is not a photographer in any traditional sense. Often photographs are used as the base. Upon this base, the total piece is constructed. A photograph doesn’t need to be flat.  Differences in height make the work appear as a sort of sculpture, a photographic one.  Science, philosophy, cubism, conceptual- and experimental art, are clearly a great influence on her art.

Artist statement – Particles the greenhouse gases

During one of my hikes I couldn’t stop thinking about how beautiful our planet is and how deeply I am in love with it. My concerns are ever growing and so is my need to express these concerns.

With this series of five photograms, I visualise one of the cycles of consumerism and its negative impact on our environment. During my hikes I collected garbage and some of it is used to create the photograms. The photograms depict the release of greenhouse gases. I subjected the photograms to the mordançage, thus showing the destructive nature of those gases. The centerpiece is a combination of a photograph and a photogram. It provides a glimpse of what we can still enjoy or what one day may be a vague memory. To complete the cycle I include the viewer by using mirrors.

Most of my work invites the viewer to become part of the artwork, by using mirrors or by creating an installation. When creating an installation a viewer becomes part of the installation, simply by choosing to enter the installation or view it from the outside. For Particles – The greenhouse gases, I chose to use mirrors since we are all part of this cycle.

Best-known works

Probably best known for her Polaroid Paradox series. With this art work she shows how a Polaroid can bring together the past, present and future. The Ice Prisoner, is a multi media installation. Within this installation,  photography is combined with spoken word and an overwhelming soundscape.

Studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp, Belgium.

Dutch, based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


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