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Cheraine Baljé

Cheraine Baljé (1994, Alkmaar) is a textile artist hailing from the vibrant city of Rotterdam. With a deep-rooted passion for contemporary art and a profound appreciation for traditional techniques, she seamlessly blends the old with the new, resulting in captivating and thought-provoking creations.

Baljé’s artistic journey began at an early age, influenced by her grandma’s knitting, sewing and other use of textiles. Inspired by the possibilities that textiles provided, she soon found herself immersed in the world of fabric and thread. Her contemporary artwork serves as a bridge between the past and the present. Through her creations, she explores themes of identity, memory, and cultural heritage, offering viewers a glimpse into the complexity of human experiences.

The journey of art; finding your roots

Cheraine Baljé, Cotton punched on cotton in wooden frames, 2024

Uses art to explore her identity, connect with her past and find her roots. Creating art allows her to dive deep into the core of her being, in search of who she really is. During this creative journey, the exploration began with her Surinamese origins, traditions and the stories that shaped her existence.

Various customs, rituals and symbols from this culture can be seen in her creations. To bridge the gap between past and present, acknowledge the influence of our cultural backgrounds while creating something uniquely her own. Through this artistic exploration, Cheraine unravels different layers of her identity that also allow her to rediscover herself.

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insta:@cherainebalje
www.cherainebalje.com

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