WOMEN IN ART

1. Takeoff | 2. Submerge

These two illustrations were created for Women in Art 2024. A total of twenty-four female artists were selected and given the assignment to create a diptych inspired by another female artist who is or has been important to the art world. The works were shown in a group exhibition in Amsterdam: at De Hallen, on Mercatorplein and in Westerpark.

My diptych is an ode to photographer Diana Blok, who I’ve assisted when I studied photography fifteen years ago (before I became an illustrator). Inspired by the mythology and shapes in Diana Blok’s work and by her as a person, I’ve created these two illustrations. In ‘Takeoff’ Diana’s hair transforms into a white swan – symbolising feminine beauty and strength. With elegance she takes off, while turning her back to the rooted trees behind her and diving into the world in the second part of this diptych. ‘Submerge’ shows a deep dive towards the sun. The horizon is shown in the bottom. In her dive her bubbles turn into flowers, leaving behind a blooming trail.

“Why Women in Art?”
Women are still underrepresented and under recognised in the art world. After reading a 2022 research (by Women Inc. & ABN Amro) that concluded only 13% of collection pieces in museums have been created by women and only 2% of the turnover at art fairs goes to female artists – Didi Feuth and Denise Woertman created the Kiekie Art Foundation. With the yearly Women in Art exhibition and print sale in Amsterdam they wants to create change.

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