rudi van der Elsen’s art practice involves painting, drawing, installation work, live art, photo and video work. Inspired by geology and archeology, her work engages with the human relationship to landscape. Using the human body as a marker and as a resonator she connects and reminds herself of her relationship to the land. She questions the division of nature and culture and is concerned with the alienation of place and time. 
Trudi is based in Co Clare and shows her work internationally. In 2014 she received a Bursary from Clare County Council for a two week residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakkerig. In 2015 she participated in a residency with GUAC in Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr and exhibition 'Dwellling in Times' in the Red Couch Space, Ennistymon. Since 2009 she is curator / co-ordinator of the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland.

 

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Trudi van der Elsen: Self-Reflection in the Water
installation
convent
Plasy Monastery 1994
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Trudi van der Elsen
Trudi van der Elsen: It is Here, Fungus, 1994, foto: Daniel Šperl-Trudi_van_elsen.2_symposium_fungus_-_pruzkum_mista_1994_foto_daniel_sperl.jpg
Trudi van der Elsen
It is Here
Installation with Photography
Plasy Monastery 1994
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Fungus: Inquiry of Place 1145–1995
Art Symposium and Exhibition about Ecology and Art
24 September – 23 October, 1994
Plasy Monastery

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Trudi van der Elsen, Fungus Symposium, 1994
Project: Fungus
Photo: Trudi van der Elsen
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Trudi van der Elsen, Fungus Symposium, 1994
convent 1994
Project: Fungus
Photo: Trudi van der Elsen
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Trudi van der Elsen, Fungus Symposium, 1994
convent 1994
Project: Fungus
Photo: Trudi van der Elsen
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It is Here
installation view 1994
Project: Fungus
Photo: Daniel Šperl
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It is Here
installation 1994
Project: Fungus
Photo: Daniel Šperl
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Portrait
Project: Fungus
Photo: Daniel Šperl
Trudi van der Elsen: It is Here, Fungus, 1994, foto: Daniel Šperl-Trudi_van_elsen.2_symposium_fungus_-_pruzkum_mista_1994_foto_daniel_sperl.jpg
It is Here, detail
instalace 1994
Project: Fungus
Photo: Daniel Šperl
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Self-reflection in the Water
installation 1994
Photo: Radovan Kodera
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Self-reflections in the Water
installation 1994
Photo: Radovan Kodera
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Songlines
video still 2012
Photo: author´s archive
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Self-Reflection in the Water
Photo: Erika Kiffli
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Portrait
Photo: Gert de Ruijter