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