Der Arbeiter tanzt nicht, der Arbeiter arbeitet.
Kowalski | phrase from the song Der Arbeiter | 1983
I concentrate on women and the female as a core subject by dealing with universal, existential questions of what the female can mean. With the inspiration and information I gained from the history of the site at my 3 months residency Internationales Sommeratelier Aschersleben and my previous residencies in Germany working in old factories resulted in Die Arbeiterin series. My latest small paintings of the series where created at artist-in-residence at Van Gogh AiR in Zundert, in studio De Moeren. Following in Van Gogh's footsteps, I am particularly fascinated by his painted peasant life; the hunched peasant women performing diligent labour: digging, sowing, harvesting and collecting potatoes etc.
'The woman shows her diligent work on the canvas. As she works at the edges and corners of the painting with her tools. She seems to be touching the creator, the artist at the boundary of the canvas. It is like a peek into an encounter taking place where both the imagined woman and the imagining woman are at work.'
Maritsa van Luttikhuizen | artist | 2021
In the registration below of the exhibition about A woman SISSA (November 2021) Maritsa talks about Die Arbeiterinnen.