Artist in the Spotlight

Pleunie Buyink selfportrait

visual artist – ° 1988 the netherlands 

TRANSCENDING THE BOUNDARIES In her compositions of large-scale gemstones, Pleunie Buyink (*1988, The Netherlands) transcends the boundaries of both material and abstraction. Her extraordinary abstract art objects, dazzling « Limber Gems », composed of liquid rubber components, gold-tone foil and criss-crossed by coloured powder pigment, resemble large scale geometrical cut gemstones that extend light from all angles. OUTSIDE THE BOX MATERIALS Pleunie Buyink is a graduate from the famous Design Academy in the Netherlands. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from the Artemis Art School Rotterdam. Her love for outside the box materials is a key element in Pleunie’s work. She loves to experiment and to create new materials and bringing those together using innovative techniques. For her graduation project, she developed a never seen composition material, combining different layers and materials of which rubber is a core ingredient. The composition material is called Limber Gems. TOUCHED BY THE LIGHT As Buyink outpours, mixes and diffuses the components in her large-scale moulds, the fascinating interplay between the crinkly background, the rough edges and the smooth surfaces appears. Once the light touches the finished Limber Gems, they behave as chameleons playing with incoming light, reflection and colour. Each time the light changes, the visual expressiveness of the Limber Gem will also change. THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY Buyink’s Limber Gems can be stretched and shaped to the contours of any corner or curve. Reminiscent of Dali’s soft or melting watches in ‘The Persistence of Memory’, these art objects are also flexible and obedient and they can be moulded to lay on the floor or be wall mounted. LAUNCHED INTO THE HIGHEST RANKS OF EMERGING ARTISTS Despite her young age, Pleunie’s fascinating objects are a hit in the European art scene and have launched her almost overnight into the highest ranks of emerging artists. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue Living, Frame and many international design and art magazines and was one of the highlights during the Dutch Design Week and Salone del Mobile Milan. Buyink’s oeuvre has been showcased at various exhibitions in Paris, Saint-Tropez, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Istanbul.