In 2023 I created a body of work in collaboration with the composer Janneke Moes. Our work, titled “A Whisper of Hope” will consist of my work and Janneke’s multiple choir composition. In this series on blog I’d like to take you on a tour of my work and my experiences.
“A Whisper of Hope” will performed on December 9 and 10, 2023 in Zeist and Amersfoort (The Netherlands). You can buy tickets (including the Christmas concert) here:
My works will also be shown from 1-30 December in the Noorderlichtkerk in Zeist. For those of you who cannot make it, I will create an online exhibition. After the performance I will also share a recording of the composition by Janneke.
"A Whisper of Hope III"
70×100 cm., oil on panel
When we started this project, I must honestly say, I was blank. It scared me a little because I’m usually overcome with images. But this idea of hope left me uncomfortably empty.
One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that it’s fine to sit with things that make you uncomfortable. Not everything needs pulling or shouting at. Not everything needs to be forced. For some people – like myself – the first instinct is to ride a wave of negativity. Pain and sorrow are very focussed, high-energy forces. It doesn’t take a lot of patience to go along with it. And in that fast-paced nature, they can become a little addictive.
So I sat, with this notion of hope, while I swear my soul was itching. The kind of itch you can’t reach. And I saw nothing but a dark background. One might think, ‘well, that’s not very hopeful…’ but they’d be wrong. One artistic decision made already!
“A Whisper of Hope” consists of three individual panels, that I will post here in separate blogs.
Details & purchase information
70×100 cm (27×39 in) oil on aluminium panel. Due to its size, international shipping is NOT available. Available for purchase in The Netherlands only. Private viewings are possible in my studio.
This work is part of several exhibitions until March 2024. Upon purchase it will be delivered after shows end.
If you’d like to inquire about this work, don’t hesitate to send me a message!