Artist Statement

“Memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else’s version more than his own.”
― Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children

Human memory starts developing within the first two or three years of a child’s life. When Rachel was only one year old a life-changing event occurred. She doesn’t remember.
In order to deal with this void, Rachel collects, organizes and reinvents memories, even if it means having to make up new ones to fill the emptiness.

In her work, Rachel chooses to transcend the limitations of working with one medium, instead opting for a cross-over between photography, installations, collecting and role playing. Collections of facts and of objects that once belonged to real people usually are the starting point for a new work.

The most recent completed body of work covers the artist’s attempts to get to know her mother, to create her own memories, to have an answer to the question: “what was your mother like?”. It’s belated mother-daughter bonding.

Currently Gruijters is making her short film ‘Fake It Till You Make It’ (working title). The film revolves around the fact that all sorts of things in life are constructed: from who we seem to be to the homes we inhabit; and from our memories to Classical Hollywood.