OPEN NOW
new installation called ‘de Hoedster’ [
the Guardian]
open since June 2nd 2019
Location: Den Hoorn, on the Dutch island Texel, only 10 minutes away from the ferry!
open daily from sunrise-sunset
free entrance
from Katja:
“I love your artwork. The small worlds, you create, touch me always deeply. Even a small universe in a barn. Jump out of your live into a strange and questioning paradise…”

Welcome @ The Guardian

I just love to create installations in which one can find a sense of tenderness and stillness to ease the mind and maybe even to travel inwards to meet ones inner self.

I guess it’s an ancient quality of space and time which we can find in places like monasteries and old libraries.

‘The Guardian’ is my 5th installation in an old sheep barn. So it’s a little bit party time! This time it’s like a Cinderella story in which the virtues show their wonderful face for just a moment of time. They have a ball!

Hendrikje is my alter ego.
I graduated the academy for theatre in 1989 and ever ever since working ‘en plein air’.
read more about this wonderful installation: www.silentplaces.org

june 2019 newsletter no.6 ‘the Guardian’ It’s about Structures
In the end, it’s all about my fascination for structures: A fine combination of old and new, hard and soft material.  To see the grey of concrete playing with the grey of the Blue Texelaar Sheep Wool.

Take a look at the relationship of Wood & Wool and Seaweed & Feathers.
Look at the details and watch the Big Picture at the very same time. I used grove material and very light, almost transparant matter.

I wish we could look at our own mind in this way: not captured in one colour, or in one size or one shape only, but a continuously moving object of complex and wonderful lighthearted emotions and negative and positive thoughts, bright and bad ideas, foul and wise judgements: wow, the mind: an ever changing field of energy.

june 2019 newsletter no.4 ‘the Guardian’ The Art of Quiet
I just love to create installations in which one can find a sense of tenderness and stillness to ease the mind and maybe even to travel inwards to meet ones inner self.

I guess it’s an ancient quality of space and time which we can find in places like monasteries and old libraries.

2018 INSTALLATION EMBRACE
For almost a year [!] the exhibition ‘EMBRACE’ -a piëta made of sheep wool – was shown in an old barn at the island Texel. The expo started in may during an ART festival, called Klifhanger’ but due to peoples demands it was extended again and again until the end of April 2019!

A lot of visitors stayed for an hour or more or came back lots of time to enjoy the Quiet and Tenderness.



Hi. Nice to meet you.
Thanks for being interested in my ART work.

For over more than 25 years I create ART with movement&words but most off all with the one material I do love so much: sheep wool. I fell in love with sheep wool ever since I was a teenager [long ago] but since my ’emigration’ from the big city life to the island Texel I really got inspired by her. How could I not: living amongst so many sheep.

Up till now I have created 5 installations, all made of sheep wool and birch branches.
It all started in 2013 with:

Chapel of sheep wool  | 2013

GROOS – ‘tribute to the ancestors’ | 2015

Chapel of Sheep Wool | 2015

Tree of Life | 2016

Books of Sheep wool | 2017

EMBRACE
This year, my 6th installation is ‘build’ again in an old sheep barn. EMBRACE is made of almost 30 kg. of knitted sheep wool, hanging on birch branches. It’s part of a cultural festival called ‘Klifhanger’.
This installation is by far a study for my main goal: to create a ‘cathedral of sheep wool’. 
I really don’t know yet if I’m gonna make it to spin&knit this cathedral, but I will definitely give it a go. Without any meaning of putting my name in the Guinness book of records. No way. It’s not about that at all.

Virtues
It’s about my commitment to study the meaning of virtues, like respect, tenderness & stillness, for I am so sad about the state of the earth and we human beings are in at this very moment. We are so damn fucking loud!! [Sorry] My quest is about what happens with these treasures inside of us, like openness & curiosity when we really start to believe that life is all about being rich & famous but most of all: being happy 24/7. What do we do with sadness in the meantime? Or grief? Or loneliness? Shall we just pretend that they do not exist anymore deep down inside us? Shall we just eliminate them? Throw them in the trash??

Food for Soul
To me these emotional states of mind are simply food for our soul, if only we could flip them over so they can nurture us. If only we still take some time to look at sadness and realise there’s tenderness inside it! There’s compassion in it! So…I’m trying to built an installation in which we can remind ourselves what [the power of] love looks like.

These last 5 years I studied the elements of a monastery, a library and a temple [like a wonderful trip to Isle of Man to study the ruins]. 
I guess my ‘cathedral’ is gonna be a combination of the quiet and wisdom of a library, the contemplation & dedication of a monks’ life and the grandeur of a cathedral. All without any idea of religion. Without any idea of hierarchy rather the wool showing her softness and the wind and light playing with her.

Gotta find me some land!
If only someone could offer me a piece of land to start building this ‘ruined cathedral’. 
For a ruin it will be for we are really about to ruin the earth [my modest opinion]. Working titel: ‘Once upon a time’ [we knew all about the ART of Stillness & Tenderness.]

So… a piece of land. Someone?

For now: you can visit the installation ‘Embrace’ till july 15th. 2018 at the island Texel. [‘fingers crossed, I do hope a bit longer, I do hope ‘Embrace’ will be there still in july. We see…we wait and see…patience.]

Patience…

Hope to see you @Embrace.

Hendrikje