Update exhibitions

My etchings are on show at the exhibition Hogedrukgebied at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats; extented till 16 January 2017. Watch this crowdfunding video for the HPL 25 book and find out more about the fine art department where I work with mentally challenged artists.

Last year the Open Studio Route Benoordenhout was a success, with 130 visitors in my studio at the parc. This year it’s scheduled for 20 and 21 May 2017, from 12.00 till 17.00 at Oosterbeek 2c, 2597 VJ, Den Haag.

Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

Upcoming:

Galerie Atelier Herenplaats exhibits etchings and linocuts
made by their mentally challenged artists (some under my supervision),
Punt 5 (children) and Willem de Kooning (art academy students).
They also show some of my previous work and recent work.

From 7 October till 28 November 2016>extended till 16 January 2017.
Schietbaanstraat 1, 3014 Z, Rotterdam

The exhibition is part of Fine Arts Month 2016, visit their site for the other locations.

linocuts, etchings

Den Haag centraal

Den Haag CentraalNewspaper Den Haag Centraal interviewed architect and writer Klaske Havik. She mentioned my Jane Morris project and described it as fascinating.

Open studio route

Upcoming: On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2016 I will be proudly presenting my new studio. I am participating in the open studio route Benoordenhout from 12.00 till 17.00. During that weekend I am also showing one work at the group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschopstraat 5, 2596 XH Den Haag.

My new studio is situated in the beautiful parc Landgoed Oosterbeek (bordering the parc Clingendael and the Dierenambulance and opposite the Haagse Bos). Post address is Oosterbeek 2c, 2597 VJ, Den Haag.

Colourised photo of Jane Morris

Colored photograph of Jane MorrisOn top of a black and white photo of Jane Morris I superimposed a colour portrait of me, taken by Liselotte Fleur for the editorial about my work in Lone Wolf magazine.

Commemorating Jane Morris’ birthday as she was born on 19 October 1839, I posted this collage on my (recently started) Instagram and Facebook accounts. Doublechecking the date I suddenly realised there was another photograph of Jane Morris from the same series.

Studio portrait of Jane MorrisI might have always overlooked the image on the left as I was so smitten by the image in which Jane sits upright, full of self confience. Don’t you agree how this slight tilt of the head so drastically influences the way we perceive Jane?

Old photographs from the same seriesA few weeks ago I stumbled upon another photograph of Jane I never saw before (left), even though Stephanie Graham Piña featured it on her website Lizzie Siddal several years ago! The image on the right is featured in the ‘Album of Portraits of Mrs. William Morris (Jane Burden) Posed by Rossetti, 1865′. The Album is in the Victoria & Albert Museum and I highly recommend making an appointment to view the famous photographs of Jane Morris in person!

 

 

The Silent Muse

I am proud to announce that Lone Wolf magazine, features an interview with me in their latest issue #12; ‘Philosopher and Muse’. The editorial ‘The Silent Muse’ is written by Natalia Borecka and photographed by Liselotte Fleur.

Read The Silent Muse in this PDF or find the editorial in chapter 2 of this preview of Lone Wolf issue #12.

Jane Morris, Margje Bijl, Liselotte Fleur, Iris Zuidema, Natalia Borecka

‘…Suddenly, a strange new prospect presented itself. Here was an opportunity to give someone pushed aside by history, the voice she so deserved. Here was a chance to give Jane her moment in the spotlight, not as a muse, but as a flesh and blood woman. And so, Margje set out out to turn a fading myth into a breathing story, using herself as Jane’s surrogate…’

Non-toxic polymere etching

On July 7th 1865, 150 years ago, Jane Morris’ image was caught on wet-collodion glass plates by John Robert Parsons, following Rossetti’s instructions. I always like to celebrate important events in Jane Morris’ life so I treated myself to a workshop ‘non-toxic polymere etching’ by Petra Tolboom at the Grafische Werkplaats in Den Haag.

First step is laminating a copper plate with light sensitive photopolymer, exposing it with a transparent positive and allowing it to harden under UV light.

Polymere etchingSecond step is inking the plate with water based ink and printing it on an etching press.

Polymere etching of Jane Morris My prints are now being dried pressed using heavy William Morris and Rossetti books. When they are flat I will use them as a starting point; combining photography, etching and drawing. The newly learned technique offers a huge variety of possibilities and I very much look forward to learn more about non-toxic printing.

Online shop Red Bubble

Something I have been wanting to do since the beginning of my Jane Morris inspired project was creating a line of affordable products based on my visual work. I now created a shop on Red Bubble so I can offer you diverse POD items. Varying from greeting cards, journals and framed art prints to phone cases, pillows and even skirts.

On His Doorstep by Margje BijlThis shop enables you to own a copy of my work for less than €2! Red Bubble even offers a 100% guarantee service so it’s definitely worth a look.

Source material for an (auto)biography

This weekend I went to the introduction course of the Writers’ Academy in Den Haag. I became very enthusiastic about their course Lifestories and Biographies. This might be just right to provide me with the tools to write an (auto)biography that has been simmering in my mind for a few years. A highly visual artists’ book inspired by Jane Morris’ lifestory as seen trough the eyes of her contemporary double.

Waking up with Jane Morris in my head

For a few years now I have been writing down my dreams about Jane Morris and they inspired an off-the-cuff recording with composer Jolle Roelofs for my exhibition at the William Morris Gallery. In the (auto)biography these stories will be intertwined with my real travels to Jane Morris’ cultural heritage and my visual work.

Red House, Margje Bijl, Anneke de Poorter, William Morris, Phillip Webb, Jane Morris

Visiting Jane Morris’ former homes, musea and archives and plunging into the information on the internet I found a huge amount of information describing Jane Morris. I now created a Pinterest page as a moodboard for my (auto)biography. Feel free to connect and watch my long term project grow!

St. George's cabinet

Online gallery Saatchi Art

This original drawing was sold during my solo exhibition at Gallery De KunstSuper. By adding it to my online portfolio on Saatchi Art I now made it available again; as a high quality fine art Giclée print.

quality print of sold work

Have a look at my portfolio to see more drawings, paintings and photographs in close detail and in different sizes and frames. If you wish to order my work from Saatchi Art they will handle all payment and shipping so the work will safely arrive.

Review of Rossetti’s Obsession, Exhibition

The concept of the current travelling exhibition (now at the William Morris Gallery until 4-1-2015) is perfectly in line with my own exhibition ‘A Memory Palace of Her Own’. Opposite to the room I occupied a few months earlier yet another room is filled with ‘images of Jane as herself’. Photographs, drawings and paintings are juxtaposed with Jane’s embroidery and handwriting. The exhibition offers insight in the relation between Jane as herself and Jane as a muse.

photograph by Margje Bijl, © William Morris GalleryThe exhibition illustrates that Jane Morris was multitalented, more than a pretty face. During the opening speech Jan Marsh surprised the William Morris Gallery by donating, on behalf of Frank Sharp, a book with a cover designed by Jane Morris. Photographer India-Roper Evans took photographs of the exhibition and noticed me while I was admiring the recently acquired Honeysuckle, designed by William Morris and embroideried by Jane and Jenny Morris.

© India Roper-Evans, Margje Bijl©India Roper-Evans, Parsons' photographs of Jane Morris, William Morris Gallery© India Roper-Evans, ROSSETTI'S OBSESSION AT WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY© India Roper-Evans© India Roper-Evans After the private view of the exhibition Kirsty Walker accompanied me to visit Kelmscott Manor. They currently exhibit the Centenary Exhibition; photographs that were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery earlier this year. At Jane Morris’ grave I have paid my homage to Jane even though she lives on in my mind… You can read Kirsty’s review of our trip here. Jane Morris' grave, Margje Bijl, photograph by Kirsty Walker, Kelmscott Manor, William Morris' grave

Review of Rossetti’s Obsession, Catalogue

A few days before John Robert Parsons photographed her, Rossetti wrote in a letter to Jane Morris: ‘…The photographer is coming at eleven on Wednesday. So I’ll expect you as early as you can manage…’.

I had always assumed that the photographs had been taken in the course of a single day. However, while reading Jan Marsh’s catalogue for the exhibition ‘Rossetti’s Obsession: Images of Jane Morris’, I became intrigued by the following paragraph: ‘In autumn 1865 the Morrises moved to Queen Square, central London; earlier in the year they had spent a few days at Tudor House, where Rossetti organised a photo shoot, with Jane taking various poses to use as studies for future compositions…’

Eager to find out how to divide the series of photographs into separate shoots, I disregarded the order used in ‘Album of Portraits of Mrs. William Morris (Jane Burden) Posed by Rossetti, 1865’. Instead, I rearranged the photographs in what I myself surmise is the actual sequence in which Parsons took these photographs. I leave it to you to decide how the photographs should be distributed over the several sessions, if at all…

The narrative and voice are from an off-the-cuff recording for my exhibition at the William Morris Gallery. If you want to buy the cd or simply leave a comment please go to the contact page!

Two more doubles

Self-portrait with shawl and shaved head Polaroid of Julian's Schnabel son

While opening the envelope from the Fotomuseum Den Haag in 2011, the flyer for Julian Schnabels’ exhibition ‘Polaroids’ came out. Looking at it (right) I immediately associated it with this self-portrait I took back in the nineties, studying photography.

Julian Schnabels’ son became the second person I identified myself with. To my surprise, another double crossed my path (left). I would be thrilled if anyone could provide me with details about this unidentified girl!

Resembling someone from an old photograph