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My work was exhibited at the William Morris Gallery, shown at the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters Conference and nominated for the van Ommeren de Voogt prize. Instead of showing a portfolio with only a handful of artworks I decided to create different posts about these highlights of my Jane Morris related art- and research project.

Behind the scenes I am working towards the solo exhibition ‘Jane Morris Museum’ at Beverley Art Gallery in Autumn 2022. My first presentation of this Museum was at a group show of Art Society Pulchri where I filled a case display with 2 altered versions of the same antique book.

‘Rossetti, Dante and Ourselves’, 2019

‘Rossetti, Dante and Ourselves’, 2019
altered antique book, Toyobo print of collages
‘Artist and Muse’ and ‘Sunlit Studio’

‘Sunlit Studio’, 2012/2019
collage of photographs by Sipco Feenstra
and John Robert Parsons

‘Artist and Muse’, 2019
collage of photographs by Charles Dodgson
and John Robert Parsons

van Ommeren de Voogt Prize 2018 2/2

Winner Paul Nassenstein and nominees 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. Made between 2017 and 2019 with aquarelle pencil on aquarelle paper, Japanese and Chinese paper.

The exhibition will be opened by Anna de Voogt, 13 January 2019, 17.00 in the Hardenbergzaal and will be on show till 3 February. On 20 January Sandra Thie and myself will have an artist talk with Ria Doolaard, from 15.00 till 16.00 at the van Hardenbergzaal in Pulchri.

Exhibition ‘van Ommeren de Voogt Prize 2018’
Right wall, Hardenbergzaal, Pulchri

Hair as in August 2018, Margje Bijl
55 x 65 cm
(nominated drawing)

Portrait as in June 2018, Margje Bijl
55 x 65 cm

Portrait as in April 2018, Margje Bijl
65 x 65 cm

Exhibition ‘van Ommeren de Voogt Prize 2018’
Back wall, Hardenbergzaal, Pulchri

Hair as in August 2018, Margje Bijl
31 x 38 cm

Hair as in June 2017 and March 2018, Margje Bijl
31 x 38 cm

Hair as in July 2017, Margje Bijl
31 x 38 cm

Hair as in July 2017 and March 2018, Margje Bijl
31 x 38 cm

Hair as in October November and December 2018, Margje Bijl
38 x 31 cm

Hair as in July 2017 and October, November and December 2018,
Margje Bijl
31 x 38 cm

Exhibition ‘van Ommeren de Voogt Prize 2018’
Cabinet, Hardenbergzaal, Pulchri

Hair an in December 2018, Margje Bijl
33 x 33 cm

Hair as in November 2018, Margje Bijl
33 x 33 cm

Hair as in October 2018, Margje Bijl
33 x 33 cm

Wabi-Sabi Portrait, 2017 and 2018, Margje Bijl
34 x 40 cm

Van Ommeren de Voogt Prize 2018 1/2

Proud to announce that my drawings were nominated for the van Ommeren de Voogt prize 2018. The jury selected from the group exhibition ‘Najaarssalon’ on show from 22 September till 14 October 2018.
Prize winner Paul Nassenstein, Sandra Thie and myself are awarded with a trio exhibition in the Hardenbergzaal at Pulchri, from 13 January till 3 February 2019.

Pulchri magazine published articles about the ‘van Ommeren de Voogt Prize 2018’. The piece about my work is written by Klaske Havik and this fragment was translated by Pulchri.

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.