Dorien was part of Gedenkwaardig on 15 and 16 May 2021 an art route around loss & remembrance in morgues.
For Gedenkwaardig I showed a specific life-size back view from the RAAKvlak series. An elderly woman made in charcoal on paper and then printed on recycled fabric, hanging in the morgue of Stedum.
RAAKvlak consists of a number of life-size back views of women drawn in charcoal on paper. In RAAKvlak, the chair is the place where the relation to time is expressed. Women of different ages stand on exactly the chair that supports their mood. In this way, the chairs reveal something of their personality. Is the chair the supposed springboard to a free future or the straitjacket of so many visions? The postures of the women appeal to feelings of freedom and resignation.
For RAAKvlak I used models. My oldest model was my mother-in-law Dorien. After her death at the age of 93 and her funeral on her birthday on 27 May 2020, her drawing suddenly took on a deeper, different, additional meaning. She shows herself powerful, but also vulnerable in her almost transparent nightwear. Fading but still permanently present.
The installation consits of a print of an original charcoal drawing on u-circular silk satin heavy fabric 100% Rpet 271 x 113 cm.