Unseen Amsterdam, photography fair at the Westergas in Amsterdam 21- 24 September 2023.
Carla van de Puttelaar, Jackie Mulder and I will be showing our works in the booth hosted by JanKnegt Gallery.
Works from two series of mine are going to be presented there for the first time.
The series ‘Stilllife with shells’ is derived from the paintings by the Dutch artist Adriaen Coorte (1665- 1707). I have always admired the work of this painter. One of my favorites is the one of the asparagus hanging in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. To me his masterly way of working with light seemed to match with the light sensitivity of alabaster. This resulted in the asparagus sculpture I made in 2021. Coorte has also painted a series with shells, each unique one carefully placed on a stone surface. In his days shells were precious and unusual exotic objects, coming from overseas. They showed the wealth of the owner. Nowadays the situation has changed. Because of extinction one isn’t allowed to take shells out of their habitat. In a sad way they’ve become precious again.The shells I use as models are the ones I found when I was young and living in the tropics. Remaking them in alabaster, these shells are future fossils.
Water has always been one of the four elements that has fascinated me. Combining different disciplines, I’ve finally found a way to solidify this intriguing everchanging form of nature. The waves series is painting and sculpting with light, having the historic marine paintings by Van de Velde & son and the seascapes by William Turner in the back of my mind.
By portraying the sea by brush strokes of pure vaseline, it’s an oil painting, only with a difference.
The Amsterdam University Library is undergoing a huge transformation. A former hospital is being converted into a modern library and study center. The Iconic staircase in the building has been renovated and I was asked to come up with a proposal for an artwork. This has resulted in The residents.
Books of alabaster are set in the wall of the staircase, referring to the collection, knowledge, the past and progress.
This fantastic assignment from the UvA is being supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.
Due to corona there have been setbacks in the building process.
The planned opening of the whole complex is 2025.
Biennale Noordwijk hosted site specific artworks in and around Noordwijk.
The exhibition has ended, but my work for the impressive church in De Zilk can stay till Sunday October 29.
The church can be visited every day from 09.00 till 17.00
Heilig Hart van Jezuskerk
The museum for modern realism in Gorssel is exhibiting ‘Cardigan’, the alabaster version my grandmother used to wear.
©Museum MORE. Fotografie Eva Broekema
In Ruurlo Castle I had a solo exhibiton with a selection of sculptures and photos in seven rooms and the elegant staircase of the castle. It was a mixture of old and new artworks and some had actually been made for specific spaces. The exhibition has ended, but the spirit of the show will be continued in a book, a new venture.
This exhibiton was supported by
Stichting Stokroos www.stokroos.nl
Frame Products www.frameproducts.nl
Ruijgrok Piezografie www.piezografie.com
De Beeldhouwwinkel www.beeldhouwwinkel.nl
Van Oorschot, bouw- en klusbedrijf www.van-oorschot.com
Eiso Bergsma producten van plexiglas www.eisobergsma.nl
In 2015 I did the setdesign for The Olieworstelaar with stand-up comedian Erik van Muiswinkel. He had asked me again for ‘Mooien ligjes in de lugt’. In this show he brought us the diversity of the Dutch language with his own amusing anecdotes and texts by collegues. For me it was a perfect chance to try and capture sounds and sentences. With aluminium bent in all kinds of angles combined with clever lighting by Dirk Blom, new lines took shape.
The group show is a focus on Dutch contemporary art.
Abbaye Saint André – Centre d’art contemporain
March 18- June 19 2023