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Het Dolhuys

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

There’s a museum for psychiatry close to where I live, called Het Dolhuys. What can you expect to see in such a museum? I wasn’t really sure, but I thought it would mostly be signs, stuff to read, not much visual entertainment anyway, something a member of Generation Y cannot live without.

However, this season they are having an exhibition about the connection that a lot of people see between artistic genius and mental illness. The main point is: was Vincent van Gogh crazy? I decided I wanted to see the exhibition regardless of my low expectation of the museum, just because the topic interested me.

It turns out the museum is quite wonderful, it gives a balanced account of the treatment of mental health problems through the years and does this not just by putting up informative signs but my means of sculptures, video, a cinema, patient stories, quizzes. The focus was very visual, the design of the whole place was beautiful, and I liked that there was a lot of material about creativity and illness and how we perceive artists. For something to become art, it has to be different, so in some way the person who makes it has to be able to be/think differently. Maybe this means that art and artists are ‘crazy’ by definition, because crazy only exists when it’s compared to the ‘normal’. But then again, ‘crazy’ is a pretty hollow term, so it doesn’t really matter that much. In the end you just have to sell what you make, and this gets increasingly hard when you’re truly crazy, I imagine. Maybe Vincent agrees with me on this. Though he did not consider himself to be crazy, and neither do I.

The van Gogh part was interesting, but what I liked the most was material about gender in psychiatry, and how women are traditionally diagnosed completely different from men with the same symptoms. I’ll be reading up on this, I’m afraid, because when something’s sparked my interest, it’s hard to ignore.


Friday, September 3rd, 2010

This week, after an internet life of almost three years without any references worth mentioning, I (my internet ego) got featured on two very different websites in two very different ways.

The first was a picture of mine that was asked for this 365 day photo project called WindowProject 2010.  I was proud of the picture, so I was thrilled that somebody else picked it up. There’s a little story with the picture, so check it out!

The second (which was actually earlier) was a ‘designer profile’ about me as a designer of knitted stuff. This was kind of a blast from the past, because when CanaryKnits told me she wanted to write something about my work, I really wasn’t that into knitting anymore, so I didn’t think I would make a good subject. But yeah, I guess I was a designer of knitted stuff at some point, so okay, I have nothing against a little flattery. It made me think about knitting as a way of creating new stuff again, and I remembered how good I used to feel when I was knitting.  Maybe in this new school year knitting will turn up more often.

So thanks for the features Valentina and Teresa!

Hard labour

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

While my new website is taking shape, I was forced to start organising and categorising my rather eclectic (and small, I must add) body of work. A nasty job, and it made the work I have look totally random and thrown together. Eye-opening, but harsh. So I started working on a booklet with photographs that have some common theme or line, and it went a lot better than the digital curating, allowing some new website ideas to come to life as well.

The booklet is finished, ordered and should arrive this week, and then it’s time to show it to others. My classmates will probably suit that purpose very well, and if anything it will be a nice exercise in articulating criticism for them. For now, here’s a sneak preview of the booklet.


Canon A-1

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Tis the rain season, it’s raining cameras. And even though I only shoot about two rolls a month, I can’t keep up with myself. Two more 6×6’s from the Yashica D, and then some 35mm pictures from my new, only slightly moldy Canon A-1 with 50mm/f1.4 lens (thanks mom!).

Canon A-1: