Samantha van Roosenbeek
The Pursuit of Perfection
Being a Pencak Silat athlete Samantha invests so much time and energy in learning this martial art while knowing she will never use these skills in her everyday life. The beauty of mastering a skill is that at one point its gesture vanishes, and all that is left is the story and feeling. In The Pursuit of Perfections, Samantha invites people to use the philosophy of martial arts to train their body and mind by making “non-functional” objects, or practicing “useless” skills. The repetitive movements show that discipline, skill and focus is evolving throughout the process. Turning the messy into something beautiful, the perceived boundaries of the body and mind blur and intertwine as one.