Afbeelding van het installeren van de Zeemeermin vuilnisbak voor kunstinstallatie (Ge)Rommel in de Dommel 2024.

My participation in an art installation

My participation in an art installation

In my previous art blog I wrote about my participation in an art installation and the collaboration with Boxtels Dommeltheater.

For the creation of my fantasy fish, I chose to make large shapes out of chicken wire.
I considered making the skin with papier maché, but my experience with this is that it is very labour-intensive.
From my school days, I remembered that you can make shapes quickly and easily with plaster casts so I chose that material.

Once it is dry, you can easily paint plaster. I did prime it with gesso first to make sure the plaster didn’t absorb too much paint.
After about 24 hours, it was dry and I painted the skin with acrylic paint and spray paint.
I deliberately made the eyes appear human so that these animals had a fable-like fairy tale look.

As the installation was to hang outside for the weekend, I ended up treating all the fantasy fish with a layer of epoxy so they would be water and UV resistant.

The proces of the fantasy fish for my participation in an art installation.

A festival where the connection of people and nature are at the centre.

Traditionally, people settled near water. Village centres arose at a ford in a river. The water that flowed through the river was seen as a source of life and prosperity. Like cities such as London and Paris, Boxtel’s village centre probably originated at just such a place on the river Dommel.

Such a village centre mostly served as a meeting place for the community. And thus also became the place where the connection between man and nature strengthened. It was a place where celebrations were held and where people shared stories with each other. As a result, the river carried with it not only water, but also the stories and wishes of the people who entrusted them to the water.

Magical fantasy creatures

During a balmy summer evening at Stapelen Castle, something magical happened. The villagers heard a strange sound coming from the Dommel river. Curious, they went to the bank, where, to their surprise, they saw fabulous creatures emerging from the water.

The water creatures slowly started coming ashore and walked quietly among the people, as if they had always been part of the village. These creatures embodied the imagination and creativity that lived in the river and were now revealing themselves to the world.

They danced and sang, enchanted the air with their magic and brought joy and wonder to the hearts of the villagers.
The villagers decided to organise a special festival to honour this incredible event. Throughout the summer, the village was full of laughter, music and colour.

The entire village was enchanted by the presence of these magical creatures. The festival became a great success and brought the people of the village closer together as they embraced the beautiful world of fantasy. After the festival, the water creatures disappeared back into the castle moat, but they promised to return every year during the village festival.

And so it happened. Every year, the fabulous water animals appeared again and brought joy and magic to the village.

My participation in an art installation and the creation of my fantasy fish.

Water continues to carry stories and wishes, keeping the bond between man and nature alive.

Two fish of the art installation in front of Kateel Stapelen in Boxtel

Mijn twee favoriete vissen voor kunstinstallatie (Ge)Rommel in de Dommel 2024.

You can find more information about Boxtels Dommeltheater and the event here.

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Kunstinstallaties voor Dommeltheaater en programma vind je hier.

Kunstinstallaties voor Boxtels Dommeltheater.

Kunstinstallaties voor Boxtels Dommeltheater

Aankondiging Boxtels dommeltheater met Spiegeltent Bon Salon in kasteelpark Stapelen Boxtel

Samen met kunstenaars Kim Dumoulin, Jan de Hoogh en Marjolein Krijger maak ik een aantal kunstinstallaties voor Boxtels Dommeltheater. Hierbij werken we rond het thema “(Ge)rommel in de Dommel”. Voor de realisatie maken we o.a. gebruik van verschillend afvalmateriaal. Met de schoonheid van de Dommel als inspiratiebron, maak je kennis met wezens en verschillende voorwerpen die je in en op het water tegen kunt komen. Evenals een verwijzing naar eerdere deelname van Kunstlicht 99 aan het Dommeltheater. Deze kunstinstallaties zullen verspreid in kasteelpark Stapelen te zien zijn.
Daarnaast maken ze deel uit van een parcours, dat bezoekers mee neemt langs muziek, theater, poëzie en beeldende kunst.

Dit evenement is onderdeel van het Boxtels dorpsfeest. Hiervoor is Spiegeltent Bon Salon weer neergestreken in kasteelpark Stapelen. Vanaf 24 mei t/m 23 juni worden er verschillende activiteiten georganiseerd waarbij de inwoners van Boxtel en omstreken getrakteerd worden op een creatief en muzikaal programma. Waarbij het weekend van 15 en 16 juni in het teken staat van het evenement “Gerommel aan de Dommel”.

Innitiatiefnemer hiervan is het Boxtels Dommeltheater. Verschillende theatermakers, muzikanten, kunstenaars, dichters en creatieven hebben hiervoor de handen ineen geslagen. Met naar mijn mening een zinnenprikkelende programma als resultaat. Kortom, het belooft een weekend met theateroptredens, muziek, zang, beeldende kunst en poëzie te worden. Het programma is voor jong en oud en begint zaterdag om 13:00 uur.

Het programma vind je hier of door op de foto te klikken.

Together with artists Kim Dumoulin, Jan de Hoogh and Marjolein Krijger, I am creating a number of art installations for Boxtels Dommeltheater. We are working around the theme “Rummage in de Dommel”. For the realization we are using different waste materials. These art installations will be on display throughout Stapelen Castle Park. They are also part of a parcours that takes visitors along music, theater, poetry and visual art.

This event is part of the Boxtels village festival. For this, Mirror Tent Bon Salon has once again descended on Stapelen Castle Park. From May 24 to June 23, various activities will be organized in which the residents of Boxtel and surroundings will be treated to a creative and musical program. Whereby the weekend of June 15 and 16 is dominated by the event ” Rummaging along the Dommel”.

The initiator is the Boxtels Dommel Theater. Various theater makers, musicians, artists, poets and creatives have joined forces for this. With, in my opinion, a titillating program as a result. In short, it promises to be a weekend of theater performances, music, singing, visual art and poetry. The program is for young and old and begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

You can find the program here.

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Christmas holidays, creating new habits, exploring resin.

Christmas holidays, creating new habits, exploring resin.

Throughout the year, I collect a lot of images.

Often these are pictures of animals that remind me of fables or pictures that evoke a nostalgic feeling. Sometimes I can’t explain what inspires me in those images, but I immediately feel the urge to do something with them.

By now, I already have a bookcase full of binders filled with saved images. It can take years before I pick up a picture again. But the feeling remains as soon as I see it.

Over the Christmas holidays, I got the idea to go through my collection again and find out if they could have a place in my work. Being in between exhibitions, I had time to do some experimenting with materials and I had a commission for an eye study which I also wanted to make.

I started trying some different compositions and colour combinations and I worked with gold leaf for the first time.

The result was a series of small works on wood, finished with gold leaf and resin. Resin is a UV-resistant protective coating that gives the colours more depth and turns a painting into a beautiful art object that can be hung or placed in different places. 

Also, when I’ve worked with collage, I like the way it brings everything together. It does require a lot of preparation and a clean workplace, which was a bit of a challenge for me, but I am getting the hang of it.

The resin coating I used is from Flowresin (nonspon) and consists of two components.

Calculating the right proportions was challenging for me because the ratio was 64/36 and I don’t really excel at maths, but I managed. Depending on how much you used, you’ll have about 20 to 40 minutes to process it before it starts to harden.

These little paintings have already found new homes, but I will add more to my webshop as soon as I finish another series.

Would you like to have such a customised painting made or would you like to give one as a gift? Then contact me so we can discuss the possibilities.

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Uitgelicht MuBo

See you at the meet & greet?

Exhibition MuBo Boxtel

Study for Soft Drink

Opening Hours:
Saturday – Sunday 1:00PM – 5:00PM

meet & greet:

sunday 1th & 29th of October

Baroniestraat 18, 5281JE Boxtel, NL

Workshop monoprint

Speel jij graag met kleur en vorm? Doe mee met mijn workshop Monoprint.

Aanmeldingen gesloten

Meer weten over kunstenaars vereniging Kunstlicht 99? Neem dan een kijkje op de website.

Er staat voor deze zomer alvast iets leuks op de kalender.

Samen met Marjolein Krijger en Nantsje Vonk-Rienstra ga ik een workshop Monoprint verzorgen voor kunstenaarsvereniging Kunstlicht 99. We mogen gebruik maken van de prachtige vintage spiegeltent van Bon Salon wat natuurlijk een bijzondere locatie is. De spiegeltent staat deze zomer in kasteelpark Stapelen in Boxtel.

Het volledige programma vind je hier.

Monoprint is een eenvoudige maar veelzijdige druktechniek. De afdruk wordt gemaakt met acryl verf of inkt met behulp van een roller op papier. Door gebruik te maken van allerlei materialen zoals karton, stof, touw en dingen uit de natuur kun je experimenteren met vorm en kleur.

Omdat de verf snel droogt kun je redelijk snel laag over laag werken waardoor een uniek kunstwerk ontstaat. Tijdens de workshop laten we je zien hoe deze milieuvriendelijke druktechniek in zijn werk gaat. Na afloop neem je je eigen unieke kunstwerk mee naar huis.
Omdat je met verschillende sjablonen en vormen en lagen werkt kan het een kliederboel worden.
Daarom is het slim om oude kleren aan te doen of een schort te dragen.

De workshop is gratis toegankelijk en geschikt voor iedereen die graag creatief bezig is of kennis wil maken met deze druktechniek, maar de plaatsen zijn wel beperkt. Materiaal, koffie, thee en een kleine versnapering zijn inbegrepen.


Donderdag 8 juni 2023

Aanvang: 13:00 u – 15:30 u

Kasteelpark Stapelen Boxtel

Entree: Gratis