“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 Gruijters was only one year old a life-changing event occurred. She doesn’t remember. Thus she collects, organizes and reinvents memories, even if it means having to make up new ones to fill the emptiness.
In her work, Gruijters chooses to transcend the limitations of working with one medium, instead opting for a crossover between photography and film, installations and performing.
The most recently completed body of work focuses on traces left in domestic spaces and the memories embedded in them. This is linked to how the home is depicted in Old Hollywood, both in the films as well as in the “private” lives of the stars, paying attention to the artificiality of that home.
Currently she works around escapism in her personal life, as well as in Old Hollywood musicals.