Sylvia Reitzema is a fine artist. Working from the surrounding environment she produces drawings and paintings using a wide range of mixed media. Drawing from observation when traveling has had a major influence upon her work; from aerial views that record the layout of the land to assembled drawings created when traveling through a landscape.
In 2002 she won the Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Scholarship which took her to South Korea for a three month period. Here she gathered research on the different religious beliefs, their use of symbols and the influences that this had on art and design. During this period drawings produced within her sketchbook identified a common theme on the use of signage, which is used universally as a method to navigate through the urban and natural environment.
In 2003 she moved to Mallorca where she lived for three years. During this period she developed a body of work for exhibition that explored the local landscape and architecture.
Her current work aims to represent the sublime experience within both the natural and manmade landscape. Space and structure are juxtaposed to create balance and harmony, and signage is used within her work identifying how man has mapped and controlled the land. Research is gathered from multiple journeys through diverse landscapes. Drawings and paintings produced are then developed using mixed media, exploring the textured and layered qualities found within the land.
Sylvia studied a MA in Drawing as Process at Kingston University, 2001-2002 and a BA Hons in Fine Art at Academy Minerva, Holland, 1995-1997. She also lectures in art and design at FE and HE level.