Merit Award Winner 2015
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" Suncity Snellandschap / Suncity Fast Landscape "
110 x 70cm
Material & Technique:
Acrylic and thread on untreated canvas,
Fast Landscape of Pauline MM Nijenhuis
Or Slow Scapes?
In today’s world, solely focused on speed and efficiency,
we continually travel through the landscape which we observe superficially from our car, train, or airplane. Assuming we actually do look with our own eyes,
as digital (mass) media provides third-party (filmed/photographed) imagery
which we consider at least equally ‘real’ as the true world surrounding us.
Pauline MM Nijenhuis puts these fast and shallow observations into contrast with the art of painting (tradition) and embroidery which renders images slowly through physical motions (Slow art).
“When I start the process to create a new picture I go to the highway shoot pictures from a moving car.
The change of speed can make another outcome, another truth.
The faster the car goes the more abstracter the painting’.
The contradiction inertia versus speed and hardness versus softness are banded together.
Combining soft embroidery and acryl provides an exciting contrast and layering in texture.
About Pauline Nijenhuis:
Pauline makes textiel paintings in which she reflects on the contemporary urban environment.
The combination of the speed of the moderne city and slowness of the embroidery
makes these artworks an 'ozymoron' - an unity of contradictions".
By XS Architecture en Arcam