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TROUW 'Borduren is hip: ook moderne kunstenaars grijpen graag naar naald en draad' Joke de Wolf

Digitale versie  Joke de Wolf 10 april 2018 - 18:43 uur.

TROUW - De Verdieping 'Hogere Borduurkunst', Joke de Wolf, dinsdag 10 april 2018 pagina 14-15.

 '......Bij Pauline Nijenhuis is het andersom: zelfs de conservator moet twee keer kijken om te constateren dat niet alle draden die je ziet, draden zijn, maar dat er ook strepen verf tussen zitten. De afbeelding zuigt je bijna naar binnen: Nijenhuis maakt haar werk naar foto's van snelheid. Het werken met draad ontstond toen ze vanuit de Randstad terug verhuisde naar het platteland en ze de zachtheid van het gras niet in verf kon uitdrukken. Ze had sinds de kleuterschool niet meer geborduurd, maar het bleek precies het effect te geven dat ze nodig had. En hoewel het in principe een heel traditionele techniek is, is er niets gezapigs aan haar werk, daar zijn de industriĆ«le afbeeldingen van een vliegveld of een snelweg te modern voor, en het kleurgebruik te verrassend'.

'Voor de draad ermee!' Expositie 'De kunst van het borduren', tot 9 september in het Gorcums Museum in Gorinchem.

In English: In Newspaper TROUW 'Embroidery is hip: modern artists also like to use needle and thread' by Joke de Wolf April 10, 2018 - 6:43 PM.
'...... At Pauline Nijenhuis it is the other way around: even the curator has to look twice to see that not all the wires you see are wires, but that there are also stripes of paint between them. The image almost sucks you in: Nijenhuis makes her work of photos of speed. Working with yarn arose when she moved back from the Randstad to the countryside and she could not express the softness of the grass in paint. She had not embroidered since kindergarten, but it turned out to have exactly the effect she needed. And although it is basically a very traditional technique, there is nothing sluggish about her work, the industrial images of an airport or a highway are too modern for this, and the use of color is too surprising".

'Voor de draad ermee' exhibition 'The art of embroidery', until 9 September at the Gorcums Museum in Gorinchem.

Parool 'Gevels breiden' by Jochem van Staalduine

Dutch newspaper 10 oktober 2014 , page PS4 - about the exhibition 'Textile Architecture' Textile Architecture te XS ARCAM Market, Amsterdam.

A translation:
'To embroider a painting requires angelic patience. Fortunately, Visual artist Pauline Nijenhuis has this property. She paints and embroiders landscapes since her move from the surroundings of Rotterdam. For the art work Fast World she took pictures on the highway at different speeds. The next step she painted and embroidered the work with the finest paintbrushes. 'It is chopping in the sand and looking for a process that is as slow as possible. The material is part of the message '. She works about seven months on a work, in the past even longer. In Fast World, the rush of the highway is in contrast with the time it takes to create a work of art. 'The speed in society is increasing. It is interesting that people decide differently after a night's sleep than when they have to choose immediately '.

By ARCAM en XS Architecture - 2014

Pauline Nijenhuis makes textile paintings in which she reflects on the contemporary urban environment. The combination of the speed of the modern city and slowness of the embroidery makes these art works an 'oxymoron' - an unity of contradictions.

Surface Design -Charles Rosemblum

About exhibiton Fiberart International 2016 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Society for Contemporary Craft

'In contrast, by Pauline of the Netherlands also deserves special mention. As the terminal side of an airport runway, the subject is seemingly banal. Yet the finely woven articulation is exquisitely refined in color and resolution, with delicate patterned gradation within the embroidery, making no small reference to the tall skies and surgical details of more traditional Dutch landscape. It is strangely reticent, yet very stirring. It rewards close scrutiny as it wavers among abstraction and representation, tactility and visual depth. In this work and the show as a whole fiber arts are as vibrant and versatile as the curators assert. They weigh in on any issue of contemporary artistic expression, with medium specific materials and traditions, all while maintaining their richness'.

Interview by TextileArtist.org

Interview Pauline Nijenhuis: Man and machine by Sam Pitcher

Dutch artist Pauline Nijenhuis uses acrylic paint and embroidery on untreated linen to explore the conflict of inertia, speed, hardness and softness.

Slow Scapes

Summary translated: In today's world, solely focused on speed and efficiency, we continually travel through the landscape which we observe superficially from our car, train, or airplane. Assuming we actually do look with our own eyes, as digital (mass) media provides third-party (filmed/photographed) imagery which we consider at least equally 'real' as the true world surrounding us. Pauline MM Nijenhuis puts these fast and shallow observations into contrast with the art of painting (tradition) and embroidery which renders images slowly through physical motions (Slow art). The contradiction inertia versus speed and hardness versus softness are banded together. Combining soft embroidery and acryl provides an exciting contrast and layering in texture.

Stephanie Jansen
Pers- en nieuwsbureau en beeldend kunstenaar