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.
The Harbor in Breskens
The quay in my hometown Breskens is one of my favorite places with many good childhood memories.
Once, the harbor was a vibrant fishing and trading port, with many fishing boats and cargo ships.
Today, there are only a few fishing boats left and most of the industries are gone.
Over the years, the empty buildings slowly decayed, and I knew that one day they would be gone.
The oil pastel drawings in this portfolio are an homage to a cherished place, with memories I like to hold on to a little longer.
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.
My admiration for industrial architecture dates from the time that I occupied studio space in old factories and warehouses.
For many years I had a studio in an old tobacco factory in downtown Jersey City and was surrounded by old industrial buildings.
From my window I looked at the old powerhouse, an impressive industrial structure with beautiful brickwork and huge arched windows.
Most recently, I expanded my use of patterns and textures to organize my exploration of the old industrial architecture in Jersey City, as it rapidly disappears.