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2018 | ‘Embrace’ -an installation of sheep wool
A pietà, made of 66 pounds [30 kg] of hand spun and hand knitted sheep wool. Connected to birch branches and situated in an old barn at the beautiful island of Texel, the Netherlands. Let’s put it this way: it’s all about the Art of Stillness.
The work was part of an ART manifestation in June and on people’s demand the exhibition ‘EMBRACE’ was extended until the end of April 2019! Today, it’s the beginning of november and people are still impressed by the Quiet Atmosphere of the installation in that old barn. So, we decided, the owner of the barn and the artist herself that it’s still open, this time we don’t talk about ‘the end’ anymore! It’s permanent! You’re very welcome!
The installation is open all day from sunrise – sunset.
Location: Cycle path between Mokweg & Stolpweg in Den Hoorn at the island Texel.
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Probably the most famous piece of ART ever made about suffering is The Pietà of Michelangelo made out of marble during 1498-1499.
Some words I connected to a Pietà:
I’ve tried to create an abstract Pietà in which the white woolen knitted panel [5×5 meters] interacts with a smaller black one. They both hang upon birch branches. The black one [wool of the Zwart Bles sheep] in front of the white one [wool of the Texelaar]. The white one slightly bended tot the black one.
The way the wind blows through the knitted panels, the way the light falls upon them, creates a ‘picture’ a vibe, a story, a feeling, an energy. But still they are nothing but handspun and handknitted panels. Hanging together in an old barn, which stands on very old ground [150.000 years old].
There’s a voice. There are more sounds, very cello-ish like [though some visitors did not hear any music at all..no wonder, they kept on talking in that barn].
There are more smaller knitted panels. All about 2×1 meters. Made of Manx Loagthan sheep wool, Ouessant, Heideschaap and Blauwe Texelaar. You can sit behind them. So you have a private spot to look at the Pietà called, EMBRACE. You can also choose to sit in the open and maybe meet another visitor in silence overthere, in front of this woolen Pietà.
There are words. There’s a small book [you can buy that one]. But most of all there is you, stepping in that barn. I do hope this installation might be a landing field for your soul. I do hope it inspires you to be you: just another human being. A living soul.
It’s about time our ego will bow for the qualities of the soul. For ego creates duality as the soul unites.
The soul knows all about compassion. No stories needed. She knows what it is to suffer and she does know all about the ART of Consolation. Maybe my EMBRACE is just another attempt to point at that ‘fact’. We have become so arrogant, so full of illusions to make our own world popular and succesful that we look upon the other person who ‘does not make it there’ that he/she is a loser. or doesn’t try hard enough to become famous and we are all but compassioned towards the other. We have important opinions [as do I]. And we hardly embrace a total stranger anymore. We judge another. All of the time. We look at the cloths, the cars, the status. Our eye sees a lot of differences where the soul sees another human being. Sometimes suffering, sometimes filled with laughter and joy, sometimes in pain, sometimes filled with ideas to make the world a better place.
I quote Edvard Munch [1863 -1944]
“What are we but a collection of energy in movement, a light that burns”
CATHEDRAL OF WOOL, which I do hope to finish around 2020.
6 Silent Places
‘Moments of Reflection’
2017 | Books of wool
17 books made of raw sheep wool, exhibited in old drawers, which were tied to birch branches, located in an old sheep farm.
Monastery, Chapel or Library?
Concept: In the beginning there were books without any words. You just had to read the ‘image’, the structures to understand your own interpretation. Was a black book ‘The book of Death’ to you or maybe ‘The book of love’ since love is sometimes all about broken hearts.
2016 | Yggdrasil or [not] far fallen from the tree
Over more than 25 bags, hand spun and hand knitted, made of all variations of sheep wool, hanging on birch branches, like a huge universal family tree. Willow branches keeps the bags closed. They are all sealed. with a wax seal stamp.
Some questions to reflect on.
What becomes of us when we know nothing of our ancestors.
What becomes of us when our ancestors where rich and had power.
What becomes of us when we feel ashamed of our ancestors ‘cause the had caused some trouble, or even worse had done ‘bad’ things.
What becomes of us when we are raised in fear, or when we are raised to be proud. What happens with the virtue ‘to trust’ when we are told not to speak of an ancestor? What happens with our self esteem when there has been f.e. a sense of quilt in our ancestors? Can we change the energy of our ancestors, can we, should we, change our ‘destiny’, can we, should we learn from the past? To be able to do so we have to know our past. Were we slaves or rulers. Where we poor or rich? What ‘message’ lives true your ancestors behavioural in your family: f.e. the idea “we are all equal.” or “We are better people.”
What did you see in your grandmother eyes: that no matter we are poor or rich, black or white, young or old, man or female: we are precious, or was her tongue filled with judgement, opinions and assumptions? Have our [grand]parents shown us how to forgive? Have they shown us to love? To trust your ‘self’? To be kind? To be courageous, no matter what?
to be continued
working on a book about all these thoughts and bags.
2015 | Knitted chapel – letters to Maria
In the summer of 2015 I made a chapel of sheep wool, which was exhibited in the garden of Museum Kranenburgh during the Kunst10Daagse.
A chapel is still connected to Catholic idea of contemplation and reflection and maybe even penance, with the lady in front of you: the one and only: Maria. What letters would I, would you write to her?
LAter on the chapel was also exhibited in the Central Hall of EndeMol Shine Group and in 2017 in ‘Het Glazen Paleis’ at the island of Texel.
2015 | Groos [Proud]
The item of the ART festival Klifhanger in 2015 was ‘600 years of city rights of Texel’.
I transformed 27 ordinary Barbies into archetypes of mankind. ‘Cause I bet amongst the pioneers of Texel where people just like today: the brave one, the passionate one, the fragile one, the lost one, the victim, the perpetrator, the proud one, the fool, the hero, the worker, the fighter.
They where standing all together, like somehow Rembrandts ‘Nachtwacht’. All connected to birch branches. In the background you heard the clatter of spinning wheel with and the sound of the clock of a church bell, counting every 15 minutes the time from 1 to 12.
2013 | Chapel of the sheep installation | performance
This very first ‘silent place’ was the very first installation with sheep wool presented during the Klifhanger ART festival.
It was also a performance. The long weekend of pentecost, I was spinning in a barn. Basic idea was to start the ‘spin of’ of making ‘a giant dress’. That dress never really set foot on a ground, though the performance had potential.
I put down the sheep wool for a while until I understood I had to go on with this ‘global’ idea, but in a different form.When I look upon it now, 5 years later, I realize it was the beginning of ‘silent places’. Up till now, 6 installations were ‘born’. Each in a total different shape yet made of the same material: sheep wool and birch branches.