Why did you pick this picture?
It represents really well the art of my mother (Rita van Oers, born in 1959 in the Netherlands). During her year of studies at the academy of arts in Kampen (Netherlands), she further developed her techniques in sewing in order to produce tapestries. While being really gifted in drawing, she has put more attention to the tapestries, as this work represents her artistic identity and authenticity the best. Searching for interesting pieces of textile, on the streets, thrift-stores and on the beach, in combination with the hours of work spent by sewing a facial expression or layers of hair, is what she enjoys the most.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
The bright eye represents insight, and the darker eye represents grief. Grief about how things could have been. You cannot control everything in life, which is sometimes harder to accept than other times. That is why we need both eyes, for the balance.
The facial expressions are sewed with thread and needle, as are the connections between the different pieces of textile. The art work merits a visit, because of its three dimensions created by the thread and pieces of textile.
What does this art mean to you?
I can say that this art really means a lot to me. As her daughter, I grew up literally surrounded by her work. I sometimes found the thrift stores smelly, and the faces on the art works scary, but when I got older I got more and more admiration for my mother’s work and for her capability of spending days just sewing some layers of hair, without ever exposing her art. That is why, when I arrived in Paris, I decided to expose her art and create a website (www.ondessine.org) and even work together. I write poems and she draws images with it.
What can you tell us about yourself?
My mother lives in a small town in the Netherlands and works three days at the media library at a high school. The rest of her time she draws, works on her tapestries, strolls at flea markets, and take long walks with my father. She always says: « it is no matter where you are but what you are doing there ». I am graduated as a mathematician in Holland, and eventually moved to Paris to broaden my horizons. I organized an exposition of my mother’s art in September 2016, I study and play jazz piano, I write poems and work together with my mother, and I have a job in international relations.
What more can you tell us about your art?
The idea to represent my mother’s art started in my first studio in Paris (in 2012). This studio had a typical tiny bathroom, with no bath (the irony..). I decided to put a photo of a bath on the wall and used the following description: « on dessine ce qui n’est pas la», which means « we draw what/who is not there ». This sentence says a lot about the art work she creates and has been creating. Her work gives expression to the thoughts or images we (might all) somewhere have in our heads.
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