about maandag wasdag
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
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. >