MEDIUM ink on paper SIZE 11 x 7 cm
A few lines, nothing more?
This drawing illustrates my desire for visual tranquillity and simplicity. I love the space of the white. It's almost serene.
I find unspoilt white space just as important as the line, the colour or the surface.
You can see that here too. Look at this line at the bottom. It goes its own way, separate from the group. Isolated? Or maybe even rejected? Who knows...? Or does that little line need space?
In other words, in my work I also work with space.
It represents themes that often recur in my work: connection and isolation.
I am and have always been someone who mainly observes. I was never excluded, or not accepted. And I was not a loner. But I also did not really feel that I belonged.
And what did that connection mean? I later found the right word for this: unconditional.
Just being able to be together without conditions. That you are good the way you are, that is good enough. Becoming aware of that made me feel confident and comfortable with the way I am.
I need white space, to feel comfortable. And from time to time I need the connection, to a warm individuals or a pleasant group that accepts me unconditionally.
INSPIRED ON AN ORIGINAL DUTCH VERSION, WRITTEN BY Arjo de Vries
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