Eventually I made it to the jungle

Posted by admin on July 14, 2015
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In september I’ll be taking part in a Dutch exhibition about the artist/printmaker H.N. Werkman 1882-1945. This exhibition will be a tribute to his life and work and will take place at gallery Werfkade in Hoogezand, the province of Groningen where he spent his whole life. I’m very happy to take part because I’m a huge fan of his work! (like many Dutch printmakers) he was far ahead of his time and he didn’t choose the easiest path in life.

Every artist who is participating in the show, focusses on a different aspect of Werkman’s life and work.
My work tells about Werkman’s desire for moving to a big city and his dreams about a simple life on Tahiti like Gauguin.
But instead of pursuing his dreams he stayed his whole life in Groningen.
I wonder, is it a bad thing that he never went after his dreams and desires? Or is dreaming about another world already enough for an artist in order to make his work? Isn’t dreaming like an engine in an artist’s mind that keeps the work going?

Title: Eventually I made it to the jungle, paper litho, 30 x 40 cm

the jungle

dreams, hope and expectations.

Posted by admin on May 29, 2015
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I started to make etchings again, using copperplates.
It felt wonderful again do experiment with this technique again. I made a series of three prints for an exhibition. They tell a story.
A group of people leave their hometown to start a new life in a new country. But the journey did not bring them to a new place, instead it brought them back home again.

my people1





our head full of expectations






our homecoming

my people

It’s not for my sake I undertake this journey, but for the child’s sake.

Where did our girls go?

Posted by admin on March 13, 2015
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where did our girls go
Right now i’m working as an English teacher, it is a temporarily job. But I love it so much. As an artist I have to use my creativity in a totally different way in order to make a good teaching program. What I would like the students to learn is that they are aware of what is happening in the world right now. I like to talk with them about events happening in society, in the world. I ask them questions and let them think of solutions on how to approach certain matters. Often they come up with such interesting point of views; I could really learn from that and get inspired by it.

Because I am so busy teaching it is really hard to get some printing done. But I consider this teaching job as a learning experience and a way to meet new people and their stories. I’m gathering all these new impressions in my head and they can stay there for a while and linger. Later on, I can turn these stories into a drawing.

I try to tell something about the world

Posted by admin on January 20, 2015
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who is threatning
Last week I made this paper litho print. It is my respond to all the things that are happening around the world right now. All those incredibly sad and horrific things. And you are wandering; when will it enter my world?
Often I don’t know how to respond to those things you watch on the news.  But I will try. Like a friend of mine said; ‘Emmy’s graphic work always seems to want to tell something about the world.’  I think she is right; I try to tell something. And that something is often very simple or small, but it is something I have noticed while looking around in this world.

Two brothers

Posted by admin on December 15, 2014
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Once upon a time there were two brothers.
Then there was only one: myself ’

(from the poem ‘the history of my life’ by John Ashbery)

This etching tells the story about two brothers who are not together anymore. They live in different worlds now.
They still look after each other. Their band is so strong it traverses boundaries.

de twee broers


thinking of a song while sitting in an airplane

Posted by admin on December 02, 2014
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When I was looking at this print today I realized that it reminds of a song by the Dutch band Rowwen Heze: ‘Auto, Vliegtuug’.
The song is about traveling the world by car, an airplane, a boat and during this journey you realize how big the world is.
A week ago I was sitting in an airplane and looking out of the window; it was around sunset, the sky was full of bright red and orange, beneath me were the clouds covering the land like a blanket, so peaceful. Then I had to think of this song.
Today I discovered I actually made a print about it.

Seasons change and I am still waiting

Posted by admin on November 01, 2014
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I have to projects going on: learning stone litho and making paper lithos.
The stone litho series will be more about a man alone searching for his way in life. A personal quest. A pilgrimage you could say.
But the paper litho series are more about things that are happening all over the world. Like terrorism and wars, innocent people who get hurt. And in the middle of these disasters I place an individual, just a regular guy. ‘seasons change and I’m still waiting‘ refers to this regular guy who is waiting for his loved ones to come home after a disaster destroyed his life. There is nothing he can do about it then just wait. Waiting while winter turns into spring, spring turns into summer and then fall and eventually winter again. In the meantime this guy is still waiting. And he just has to sit this through. He has to feel the sun on his face, try to keep warm while the snow is falling. He does not have a choice. Sometimes you just don’t have a choice but to hang in there….


Learning stone litho – a project

Posted by admin on October 22, 2014
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Two weeks ago I started to learn stone lithography. There is this nice small museum in the middle of nowhere where I go to once or twice a week to do stone litho printing.
A beautiful place. Very quiet.
First I did not really have clue about what I wanted to do there; did I have a project in mind?  Yes, just learning the technique, I thought….
But now, after two stone litho prints I suddenly know what I would like to do: making a booklet of the series of prints I am making at the museum. And I want to write a short story with every image.
Just a small book.
How came I up with this idea? I started to notice that those two prints tell the story about the same guy. Every time I’m thinking of a new print this guy appears in my thoughts. He is wandering around. He wants to be a writer but doesn’t know where to start or where to begin. So he is walking around, jumping into the unknown, stays on an island and walks into the sea.
And still doesn’t know where he can find himself. So the booklet is going to be about this search.

stone litho project1

stone litho project

new dresses for a new country

Posted by admin on September 22, 2014
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Last saturday I did a performance together with two other women wearing my paper dresses. I especially designed three new ones for the vernissage of the Grafik Triennalen in Uppsala Konstmuseum.
So there were three women (including myself) and two musicians and together we walked through every room of the museum, like a little parade. It was a light and simple performance and that was the whole purpose. Because I want the attention to my dresses, they tell a story. This story is about me starting a new life in a new country. First I was scared I didn’t now where to start. But then I took the next step and went looking for the possibilities. After exploring a little bit I jumped right into it, into this new life. Now I am dreaming of a strange country I have never been. Because I discovered how wonderful it is to keep on moving.


searching, thinking, surrender

Posted by admin on September 12, 2014
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I’m working on a new series of paper dresses. What is it about? I ask myself that question over and over again. I think they are about leading a new life and that you have to surrender yourself to that new life. You have to throw yourself into it. And maybe it will lead to something good. But it is the part before the jumping that is the most scary. You have to let go of your fears and prejudices. So it is something you have to think about and explore. That’s what I do: first I think about it and then I try to surrender.
This is what the first two dresses are telling about. But the third dress is telling about the longing for a next journey, another place where I would like to go; Oulu, a city in Finland. I don’t know if that is going to happen but it is a place I would like to go and I picture it in my mind.

Having this all said; Eventually the dresses ask the question: what is a good life? Now, having the experience of living abroad and  moving a couple of times I know that there are many different ways you can live your life. But  I still haven’t figured out what that means to me? Maybe for me it is moving and living at different places. I don’t know. But my work helps me in this search.


what is a good life?

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