Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Making Art Conference

Proud to announce I will be representing Jane Morris at the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Making Art Conference. To be held at the University of York on 12-13 December 2019, in conjunction with the exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters at the National Portrait Gallery (from 17 October till 26 January 2020, London).

The exhibition explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women important to the iconic artistic movement Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Featuring new discoveries and unseen works from public and private collections across the world, this show reveals the women behind the pictures and their creative roles in Pre-Raphaelite’s successive phases between 1850 and 1900.

‘The pilgrims of Siena’ by Paolo Lombardi, albumen cabinet card, 1881
From the museum archives © National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG x6955

According to the two-day Conference this contribution demands recognition. It will explore the roles played and diverse contributions made by women to the creation of Pre-Raphaelite art.

Glenda Youde: ‘We are delighted to inform you that we would like you to present a short piece on (or as) Jane Morris as an introduction to our open discussion session on the afternoon of Friday 13th December. The session will be aimed at The Future for the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, and your innovative approach is just what we are looking for.’

With a short video I will be answering the question: ‘We are particularly interested in how you as an artist have interpreted the way in which you resemble Jane Morris as art.’

Keynote speakers are Dr Jan Marsh (Art Historian and Curator, National Portrait Gallery, London and Kirsty Stonell Walker (Author, Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang). Opening remarks by Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn.

Jane Morris (née Burden) by John Robert Parsons,
copied by Emery Walker Ltd, bromide print, July 1865.
From the museum archives © National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG x199254

 

Verse Aanwas 2019

At the group exhibition ‘Verse Aanwas’ my pencil drawings, inspired by Jane Morris her hair, are juxtaposed by portraits in stone by Martie van der Loo.

On show are paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and prints made by 13 different artists. From 28 July till 18 August 2019 at Pulchri, Den Haag.


Pulchri magazine published an article about the exhibition (in Dutch). Find a similar fragment in English below, originally written by Klaske Havik in November 2018.

“The pencil drawings of Jane’s hairstyles have been transformed into leading a life of their own in these new drawings. They reach into the depths of drawing itself. The portraits still show traces of thoughts and stories. In the detail of skin and hair lie labyrinthine landscapes in which the viewer can get lost. The muse gradually disappears from the image and leaves room for other, new stories. New, but anchored in the search for the doppelganger, to the self, to the other. They invite you to look the detail and think about what you can read in it.”

Duo exhibition

For the duo exhibition in Galerie de Molen, it seemed nice to show the development of my drawings, from the start of my ‘Reflections on Jane Morris’ project.

Hair as in, Jane Morris, Rossetti, drawing, Margje Bijl, aquarel pencil

Ten years ago I made a series of pencil drawings of Jane Morris’ hairstyles. This series was the starting point for my recent series of drawings in which the muse gradually disappears from the image and leaves room for other, new stories.

Margje Bijl, Jane Morris, drawings, toyobo, pencildrawing, art, muse, hair

Recently I started making photographic etchings from these series. With printing in different colours, I investigate the influence of colour, contrast and tone on the experience of my original drawings in grayscale.

Galerie ‘IN DE MOLEN’
Molenplein 10a
2242 HW Wassenaar

8 June till 7 July 2019
open thursday till sunday
from 14.00 uur till 17.00

Exhibition van Ommeren de Voogt prize 2018

Pulchri magazine published an article about the ‘van Ommeren de Voogt Prize 2018′. Klaske Havik wrote the piece about my work.

Winner Paul Nassenstein, Sandra Thie and myself are awarded with an exhibtion at the van Hardenbergzaal in Pulchri. I am showing a new series of 14 pencil drawings, inspired by Jane Morris’ hair.

The exhibition will be opened by Anna de Voogt, 13 January 2019, 17.00 in the Hardenbergzaal. It wil run till 3 February.
On 20 January there will be an artist talk, from 15.00 till 16.00 at the van Hardenbergzaal in Pulchri.

Van Ommeren de Voogt prize

nominee

Proud to announce that my drawings were nominated for the van Ommeren de Voogt prize 2018. They are exhibited in Pulchri during the group exhibition ‘Najaarssalon’ from 22 September till 14 October 2018.
Dutch press release
Den Haag Centraal

Prize winner Paul Nassenstein, nominee Sandra Thie and myself are awarded with a group exhibition in Pulchri, January till February 2019.

Open studio route Benoordenhout

During the open atelier route I will be drawing with ink.You’re welcome on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018, from 12 till 17. My studio is located at Oosterbeek 2c, Den Haag, at the entrance of Parc Clingendael (23 on the map).

I am also participating in the group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschoppstraat 5, Den Haag (same opening hours).

 

Upcoming exhibitions
December 2018, Galerie Atelier Herenplaats (group): etchings, linocuts
December 1 2018 till January 8 2019, Kunstgroep Wassenaar (group): drawings
June 8 till July 7 2019, Kunstgroep Wassenaar (duo with Willem van Dam): drawings

 

Toyobo etching

Printing studio Grafische Werkplaats in Den Haag organised the workshop Toyobo etching by Eric de Vries. I learned how to transfer a drawing onto a light sensitive polymere plate using water and UV light.

I am happy with the results as my original drawing was reproduced more accurate than the photograph I used during an earlier workshop polymere etching (the colored print).

Book presentation Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

The book ‘Geen woorden maar beelden, 25 jaar Galerie Atelier Herenplaats, Outsider Art in Nederland’ is also available in English. In almost 300 pages filled with wonderful images and texts, it describes the journey of Herenplaats. It is an art academy for mentally and physically challengend artists, where I enjoy teaching linocutting and etching.

The bookpresentation was held on 29 June 2017 at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Watch the crowdfunding clip for more details or visit the studios and exhibitions at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats. Schietbaanstraat 1, 3014 ZT Rotterdam.

Open studios Atelier Route 2017

Upcoming this weekend:
Open Studios Route Bezuidenhout and group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschopstraat 5, Den Haag (number 1 on the map). 
You’re very welcome on 20 and 21 May from 12.00 till 17.00
My studio is nr 24 on the map.

open-atelier-route-2017

#Ophelia #framed for the #exhibition. #wipwednesday #wip #collageart

Een bericht gedeeld door Margje Bijl (@reflectionsonjanemorris) op

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 MorrisCommemorating Jane Morris’ birthday, as she was born on 19 October 1839, I superimposed a colour portrait of me, taken by Liselotte Fleur for the editorial about my work in Lone Wolf magazine, on top of a black and white photo of Jane Morris.

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 on the left, 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.