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Birthday X-mas

Reading the title might you go thinking “huh?” Well this is the story of tradition and three sisters enjoying life to the full.

21 August was my birthday, but because our birthdays are within 30 days and one of us is emigrating to Bangkok (again) this coming Tuesday, we decided to celebrate all at once the 21st.  Just as Christmas morning while having an indulgent breakfast, we opened all our presents and birthday cards. My sister set the table beautifully and bought some delicious food and bubbles.


As with Christmas we wanted a tree to pile our presents under. We could have bought flowers put them in a giant vase or made a DIY tree but instead I made a giant birthday card.  70 by 50 cm big, with acrylic and letters which I cut out from a special edition of Flowmagazine, which reads as: ‘Happy birthday x-mas’. While I was padding and smearing the paint two words came to my mind: Rain and Sunshine.

For a very long time now we have been each others rain and sunshine, making each others life colorful. For this I am grateful everyday. We enjoy and celebrate life whenever we want, the silliest things like me having a new haircut, the big events like  my sisters new job at the Thai Red Cross and the not so obvious celebrations like my other sister finally quitting that horrible job at the social housing service.





Mixed media, oil and oil pastels on canvas, 60*70cm. May 2015. Entirely painted by hand and fingers. Representing me and my sisters and the loss of our parents.

Abandoned. Oil and oil-pastels on canvas. 70*60cm, 2015. Entirely painted with hand and fingers. No brush used.


19 days until the opening: a look at the preparations

My first time organizing an exhibition and almost two weeks to go! I uploaded an English page of the invitation:


In the gallery you will find some snapshots taken during the first weeks, working at the display, working out the layout and much more. The administrative  and promotion preparations took most of my time and effort but the results are there. The exhibition has received a benefit from Rotterdam City which gave me the possibility to extend my plan to a professional level. Also I worked a lot at the layout of the promotion. Quite an adventure , I never worked with In design and Photoshop before. Last friday a journalist of a local newspaper, Dichtbij.nl, came and interviewed me and took some pictures, a very nice lady who spoke with respect and real curiosity. Thanks also to Marieke Bongaards the culture scout in this region, she helped me out with filling in the application for the benefit and connected me with the right organizations and people (Dichtbij.nl).

Consulting my script everything is going by plan, this week I will be searching the right music  for the opening day and delivering them to my friend who will put them together in a playlist, working at the display and ironing the rest of the selected miniatures.

I have to move on so bye for now!