Artist Statement

Working as a secretary in The Hague, I always had the feeling the purpose of my life was unfulfilled. I gave up my career and apartment and left for the South of France. There I worked as a nanny at the chateau of a famous Dutch painter near Narbonne, France. I was fascinated by the sacral atmosphere in the old villages and churches. Especially the church in Beziers. There I realized that religion would become a part of my life. It gave me great inner peace and a sense of direction I never felt before. Back in the Netherlands I studied painting at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

After I finished my study I left to travel throughout Europe and the US. I lived and worked in Vienna, Paris, Hamburg and Miami. I want to share these incredible experiences. I want to show  a part of my  inner world. My fantasies and realities, fears and hopes. The paintings are a stage of real life drama always with hope and faith on the back­ground.

Literature is also a great source of inspiration. Books of e.g. Tolstoy, Louis Couperus, Gustave Flaubert bring me into worlds who appeal to me. Writers who paint with words. In France I read the books of e.g. Ernest Hemingway, Dunja Barnes, Arthur Rimbaud. They all left beautiful souvenirs.  I want my work to be a reflecting mirror of my fascinations. Everything is memory. If the memories are beautiful, your life has been beautiful. The paintings, sketches and collages are all souvenirs, the collection is never ending, it takes a life time. My paintings are mostly oil on canvas. I am very interested in classical painting techniques such as oil, tempera and fresco. I taught fresco techniques at the Art center of South Florida and exhibited my work in the US as well as Europe.

Being in strange cities awakens a sense of nostalgia in me. In every city you visit there is so much history, religion, literature character and inspiration. It allows me to transit the beauty that is all over this world and show this to the audience as well. I believe that kind of escalating trans cultural migration will shape the cultural identity of our global village.

Art unifies and soothes the harshness of daily life.

Marjolein Van der Sluis

The Hague, 2015



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