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maandag wasdag
(text in Dutch)

Rolina Nell is working as a professional visual artist on a farm in the Noordoostpolder (Northeastpolder), the Netherlands. She was born and raised in the Noordoostpolder. The Noordoostpolder is an area of new land extracted from the sea and devised on the drawing table by Cornelis Lely. Whose 1891st plan formed the basis for what were to become the Zuiderzee werken (Southern Sea). The Zuiderzee werken are a man made system of dams, land reclamation and water drainage works, the largest hydraulic engineering project undertaken by the Netherlands during the twentieth century. The project involved the damming of the Zuiderzee, a large, shallow inlet of the North Sea, and the reclamation of land in the newly enclosed water using polders. Its main purposes are to improve flood protection and create additional land for agriculture. The Noordoostpolder was fully drained on 9 September 1942.

After finishing the Academy Minerva in Groningen, the Netherlands, Rolina moved to Rotterdam, the Netherlands where she lived and worked. When the farm in the Noordoostpolder threatened to become empty. Rolina decided in 2013 to live and work at the farmhouse.

Upon her return to the Noordoostpolder she became fascinated by the women who in the 40ties-50ties “came along” with their husband to the Noordoostpolder. Just like her grandmother who came with her grandfather from Wassenaar, the Netherlands to the Noordoostpolder. In her search for footage from that period, she found to her surprise photos of women in traditional clothing in front off the new farm in the Noordoostpolder, and at market. From the twelve different provinces of the Netherlands were customs and also sometimes traditional clothing taken to the Noordoostpolder.

Clothing as an expression of culture and identity, absorbed in the history.

The project Maandag Wasdag is inspired by this. The title, freely translated as Monday Washing Day refers to the loss of cultural traditions and their associated structure. Maandag Wasdag is a project which started in 2015. The serie of painting and drawings where exhibited in the exhibition gestippeld, gestreept, geruit en verbloemd in museum Schokland, on the former island Schokland July 9- October 30, 2016 and the installation 'twasgoed was presented during Schokland Scratch September 10-11 2016.

The Island Schokland had two folk costumes Catholic and Protestant. The island was cleared in 1859 because of continuous lose of land by the Zuiderzee. Since the reclamation of the Noordoostpolder in 1942, Schokland makes part of the Noordoostpolder. With the realization of the Noordoostpolder, Schokland is again passable and the cultural history and traditional costumes slowly visible again.

art initiative id11
Since 2008 Rolina is a member of the board and curator of art initiative id11. id11 is running since 2013 an artist-in-residence program at a farm in the Noordoostpolder, the Netherlands. >

hernieuwen (2011)
From November 2011until June 2012 Rolina worked on the project HERNIEUWEN. The project included research into the use of egg tempera and the function it could have in the expressiveness of her work. Rolina was accompanied by Roos Campman. Among other things Rolina learned the principles of egg tempera and discuss the results. The outcome of the project was presented in her studio at Duende Studio’s in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and discussed by experts.The project was made possible by Tijl Fonds and Stichting Stokroos.

de speeltuin (2010)
Rolina is fascinated by deserted playgrounds and curated the project DE SPEELTUIN with work of artists who share her fascination for the playground in various disciplines, wide variety and diversity. research, Rolina worked for this project at Kaus Australis guest studio in Rotterdam and the presentation/ exhibition was at at art-space 38CC in Delft, the Netherlands. >

hier&daar (2008)
After a year working and travelling Rolina invited artist with works made in residencies in the Netherlands and abroad for this project. From August 25 until August 31 the project hier&daar took place with an exhibition, an artist talk and an expert meeting to investigate the possibilities and exchanging experiences of AiR. Presented at art-space 38CC, Delft, the Netherlands. >

home sweet home (2008)
A livingroom-project.
Back in the Netherlands after a year travelling and participating in several artists residencies, Rolina wanted her paintings to be exhibit at family homes. Twenty-eight paintings she gave a home at the livingrooms of family's who initially come from East Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. Their houses serve as an art gallery for the exhibition of her work. >

friday column (2007)
During 2007 Rolina's weekly Friday column (a black and white drawing) arrived by fax to an artists initiative in the Netherlands. Maintaining contact with the Netherlands during her travels was important to foreground her awareness of the fact that although Rolina will make her art during 2007 in another reality, she will never the less, inevitably do it from her own cultural context. To that end she devised a fax project.
On this website a selection of the Friday column. >
The 52 Friday columns brought together in a (coloring) book. >

been everywhere, seen everything (2007)
In 2007 Rolina spent the year travelling extensively and participating in several artist residencies. An overview at the blog. >
The catalogue of the project is online. >