The word “Zeeuws” in Dutch means from Zeeland, a Province in the southwest part of the Netherlands.
The pieces in this portfolio are inspired by the various traditional costumes of Zeeland. The diversity of costumes was so big because a few generations ago Zeeland consisted of several islands and each island developed its own styles.
My grandmother belonged to one of the last generations of women, dressed in a traditional costume.
I have always been inspired by textures and patterns found in textiles and ceramics from traditional and decorative art forms of foreign cultures. In this series of work I reconnect with my own Dutch culture, by borrowing imagery from the Delft’s blue ceramics, original from China but copied by the Dutch in the 17th century. Today they are mostly known as souvenirs for tourists.
A lot of pieces stem from family photographs of my past. The process of making activates a kind of relationship between the subject and me. It is not about replicating the image but about translating a moment of my past into an image of my own language of materiality and texture. At the same time it allows me to hold on to a memory a little longer before Ietting go of it.
Architecture has always been one of my interests, and it is a reoccurring theme in my work.
The harbor in my hometown Breskens is still a source of inspiration for my work. I am drawn to the patterns and textures of the decaying buildings and the faded fishing nets and rusted chains.
I became more interested in industrial buildings during the time that I had a studio in the warehouse district in downtown Jersey City, NJ. The colors and patterns of the brickwork are standing out in comparison with today's modern glass buildings.