TxP (Textile Plus), magazine about textile art, in this winter issue 2019, TxP is about embroidery technology and how it is applied by (inter) national textile artists. Including Pauline her research in the embroidery project HAND@WORK, see pages 20, 21 and 22. Moniek Spaans delves into this research and tells about this in her article "Irreplaceable", the project in which Pauline Nijenhuis searches for her right to exist.
There is much to discover in this edition of TxP, with artists such as Marjolein Burbank, Karola Pezarro, Nini Luhtasaari, Rhian Swierat, Leena Illukka, Junko Oki, 14-year embroidery project by Jenny Bijsterbosch, Petra van der Steen, Clare Hunter and Yveline Tropéa.
In February 2020, the entire article may be placed on this site at item reviews/publications.
Embroidery Magazine of January 2019 has published an interview with Pauline by curator Jane Audas. Embroidery follows Pauline's work for some time. The interview (page 16 to 21) offers a complete overview of Pauline's art work and future plans. Jane Audas talks about the theme in Pauline's work: the demands that modern life places on humanity. Especially the intersection between humanity and the technologically driven environment. And the question which Pauline asks herself in her project Fast Work, Time Consuming Landscape whether there will be room for work made by hand in the future. "Jane was very curious and asked a lot. For example why my work has not yet been shown in the UK. I am also very proud that my work is on the cover of this issue! "Embroidery Magazine is released in print and digital in Great Britain 6 times a year. It focuses on contemporary art and design on an international level. Jane Audas is curator of exhibitions in museums about design and craft.
With courtesy of Embroidery Magazine
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 industriële 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.
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 '.
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.
Textiele schilderijen van Pauline Nijenhuis CBK Emmen. De toenemende snelheid in onze westerse wereld heeft veel invloed op hoe onze omgeving er uit ziet door automatiseringsprocessen, de inzet van robots en de multimedia. Welke impact heeft de toenemende snelheid op onze waarneming? Kunnen onze hersenen op termijn snelle beelden nog volgen? En wat zij de gevolgen hiervan? Zijn onze overhaaste beslissingen wel de juiste Pauline Nijenhuis wil dit als kunstenaar onderzoeken.
The blog artyembroidery started only recently and publishes news on contemporary embroidery. Editor Mique Menheere just posted a review on Pauline's book 'Project Fast Work - Time Consuming landscape'.
Mique writes in her blog: "In 2017 mixed media artist Pauline Nijenhuis (Zutphen, The Netherlands) carried out the project 'Fast Work, Time consuming Landscape'. In 2018 a booklet about this project was published. If you haven't been able to see the project, this book is a perfect way to get a good impression of it." To Mique, as a former career coach, the conclusions of Pauline's research are very interesting. "Lots of employers implement reduction of employees and increase profit targets at the same time. When you transfer Pauline's conclusion to the average working place.... I think you could say that time pressure above a certain amount, has a negative impact on the employees and their health."Furthermore she suggests:"How great it would it be if this theme would be academically researched by psychology faculties of universities. To find out if stress is indeed above all an individual personal problem. Because that seems to be the current opinion about this topic in lots of organizations." More on Pauline's project you can read here
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 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.
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.
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