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July 14, 2017

The Threads Of The Past Painted Into The Present…

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

The ex-island of Schokland has a small church which, if the conversation about fitting in a wedding date going on between the vicar and a young couple in the main body of the church is anything to go by, is a popular wedding location.

There are a series of semi-joined rooms down one side of the chapel and it is in these spaces that two artists are featured.

One I have already covered in yesterday’s post, the second is a woman called Rolina Nell.

Before I go into detail about her, I laugh at a copy of a little ditty on the wall,  translated into English it reads: ” The Minister of Urk / Who was going to preach on Schokland / But because of the raging sea / He forgot his sermon.

The Minister of Urk / Who was going to preach on Schokland / But if the (field of) grain is rustling / He forgot his sermon”. It appears that this minister got easily distracted!

The information about each of the two artists was only given in Dutch. Translated, it reads: “Rolina Nell”. “Rolina Nell was born and bred in the North East Polder. After finishing Academy Minerva in Groningen she moved to Rotterdam. Since 2013 she has lived and worked as an artist on a farm close to Rutten.

Back in the North East Polder, she becomes interested in the women who in the 40’s and 50’s came here with their husbands. Like her Grandma who together with her Grandpa arrived in the polder from Wassenaar.

In search of pictures from that period much to her surprise she found photographs of women in traditional dresses in front of the new farm and on the market. From various provinces customs and habits and therefore also traditional clothing was introduced to the North East Polder.

The former Zuiderzee island of Schokland had two traditional types of dress / clothing costume: Catholic and Protestant. These costumes are also revived in her work. Traditional costume as an expression of culture and identity becoming part of history. 

For her, pointing to a type of self searching. Identity is a key word in her work and intuition and imagination play an important role. Additionally she has a special interest in the clothing, fabric and patterns.

In this exhibition this is given shape in a series of new paintings and drawings. Paintings in grey,black and white (in the medium of) egg-tempora, drawings in charcoal and pencil of women in traditional costumes, paintings and drawings with a tangible history and mysterious identity based on photographs from the long gone past which she paints and draws into modernity with ease.”

Lastly another sign, one that I could not see belonged to which of the artists, …or both or perhaps neither. It’s message was short and simple, and translated reads: “Spotted, Striped Checkered and “Verbloemed” (Disguised)”. ( Kiwi’s note: “verbloemed” means to make something look nicer than it is). The idea of  this  last message would possibly fit into the works of both artists, so who knows. The Church has also turned out to be something other than I expected when I first walked in the door.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia (partial English translation of Dutch Wiki site)/  Schokland /Flevaland / The Netherlands.

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