Gera Woltjer is a meticulous collector: her studio overflows with found and carefully researched materials; her sketchbooks are dense with notes, plans and drawings; her camera and computer are full of images of the often-overlooked patterns, colours and forms of the world around us.
Woltjer began her practice in drawing, textile art, and in developing her strong intuition for working with colour. Working across photography, video, textiles and drawing, Woltjer began to nurture the interest in the patterns of the built environment, that would become a life-long fascination. The particular shapes that pique her notice are regular: grids, fences, tiles, pool lanes. Woltjer reflects on the patterns inherent in these materials and how people use them to organise their belongings, their surroundings, even their thoughts.