I draw inspiration from the journeys I make, but I also find my subjects close to home. Like I did for the Maandag Wasdag series.
These drawings in pencil on paper are part of the project Maandag Wasdag. I developed the project especially, after returning to my childhood home (2013-2020); a farmhouse in the Noordoostpolder. The project was first exhibited in Museum Schokland on the former Zuiderzee island in the Noordoostpolder. The Maandag Wasdag series were subsequently exhibited in two cities along the former Zuiderzee (an inland sea), the City Museum Harderwijk and the Museum Elburg.
I grew up in the Noordoostpolder, where my grandparents settled themselves as pioneers. When I started looking into the history of the Noordoostpolder, I discovered old photographs of women in the Noordoostpolder, dressed in the costume of the region where they originally came from. It intrigued me that these women held on to their traditional clothing, despite the fact that they had started a new life in the polder: regional dress as an expression of identity, and as something familiar in an unknown world. In time they let go of the costume and other traditions and customs taken from their place of origin. And with that, the corresponding structure also disappeared. The latter explains the title of this project: Maandag Wasdag.