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.
30×40 cm., oil on panel
A thing of hope, that was the idea. It came mostly from her, Janneke. I think I may have stared at her a little obvious, while she talked. How does one start something, from hope? I have to admit that I never considered it before.
Starting from anger, fear, resentment, shame, no problem. You might say that’s more my forte. I figured I would think about it, maybe it needed some solid overthinking as some things do. But my thoughts turned out to be a bad place for hope to thrive. (and I might have guessed that, but it never hurts to try)
If you can’t stop the thoughts, it’s best to distract them. With music. Long-winding symphonies, hard-edged guitar riffs, who cares as long as it lifts the veil of ratio and let’s you peek behind it.
During countless hours of music in my ears, I may have heard something else. It was soft and gentle, and it may not even have been a sound. Can you hear an image? An idea?
It looked up carefully and curious, as if – at the end of it all – there was something better.
Details & purchase information
30×40 cm (11.8×15.7 in) oil on aluminium panel. International shipping is available. This work is part of several exhibitions until March 2024. Upon purchase it will be shipped or delivered after shows end.