Local Heart, Global Soul

July 13, 2017

Old And Yet, Topical Themes…

Filed under: Flevoland,PHOTOGRAPHY,Schokland,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Inside the church in Schokland I find more works of art by the same artist that I found outside.

The information board tells me about the three pieces, (although one of which, the roller blind “Smooth Sailing” piece, is in my previous post because I assumed it to have been part of the decor of the church).

The board translates as:
Guda Koster
The work of Guda Koster is characterised by the use of the human body, clothing, fabric and patterns.

The work looks smooth, clean, rigid, serious but there is also a bit of humour.  It covers an area of fashion, sculpture, photography and performance.

In her designs she looks for a balance between sculpture and fashion. How is it that shape, surface, rhythm, design, and colour can define and give meaning to clothing,  apart from the fact that it has to be functional.

Wearable becomes a stretchable concept, not the design as such, is of importance but more about the quest for possibilities that the clothing offers as a sculpture.

Man as a pedestal as a vehicle to carry form, colour and meaning.
She has made four new art pieces for museum Schokland, the basic principle is the fight of the Schokers against the sea and against the evacuation of the island.

Outside, three pair of legs in red and white checkered (gingham) trousers and white gumboots stick out of the soil. Each pair of legs proudly holds up a house. Title: “tHUIS” (Home)(artist’s own spelling).

In the museum church a man and a woman are sitting the man dressed in a suit with a black and white polka dotted fabric and the woman in a dress. Their heads are replaced by a polka dotted house. In Schokland a marriage between two religions was seriously frowned upon in the past and if it did happen it was called  a “dotted marriage”.

In the window there are two roller blinds with a perforated drawing of sailing ships entitled: “Rustig Vaarwater” (Smooth Sailing).   In an alcove decorated with grey and white flowered wallpaper is the art piece: “Landverhuizers”  (Leaving Home / land settlers),  a father and daughter are packed and ready to leave their home. An old, and same time topical theme.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.
A Hit?…Or Give It The Boot?


  1. So fun. Original for sure.

    Comment by lisakunk — July 13, 2017 @ 1:04 am | Reply

    • Lisakunk,
      The funny thing was that when I first entered the church I thought two people were sitting there. A second or so later I looked again and realised that they had houses for heads and I had made a very big mistake lol!

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 14, 2017 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

      • That is funny for sure.

        Comment by lisakunk — July 14, 2017 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

        • lisakunk,
          It’s because I was focusing on keeping out of the way of the vicar and the young couple, needless to say I felt rather stupid after my double take…!

          Comment by kiwidutch — July 19, 2017 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

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