I am inspired by emptiness and space. Spatiality and infinite space must be present even in the smallest work. That is why I go to Ireland for several weeks every year
During the past two summers I have had the oppurtunity to works as an artist in residence at the "An Ceardlann na gCnoc"(An Clo) foundation in Donegal, Ireland
This is a residence in a very lonely place at the edge of western-Europe.
Since 2008/2009 i have been making a daily drawing in a Moleskine sketchbook. I wanted to break the theme of the 'daily drawing' away from the sketchbook in which they were made. In the workshop of An Clo I produced a series of lithographs based on these drawings.
The process off the daily drawing just went on as usual in Ireland. I could use these drwings to make a lithograph. The daily drwing became a daily "lithography". The lines that I printed on paper had a sober and graphic character.
The abstract shapes were directly inspired by the rocky and rugegd scenery.
During the second stay I noticed how certain things that I saw everyday kept recurring persistently in my drawings and lithographs. A large whale skull that served as a gateway to a house inspired me to make large monumental shapes in black and grey.
Through the process of making a daily drawing in a book I am aware that my hand is searching for new forms and lines. This search is not limited to drawing, but is also expressed through experiments with new and unusual materials for painting, such as sandpaper or newspaper.
Is what I am doing still painting? The past years I find myself in between painting and sculpting.
Space plays an important role: not only the space between my artworks, but also how a space is used when I present them as a large installation on the wall.
I want to pay attention to the detail of each individual work of art that was made separetly, without losing sight of the larger whole formed by all of them together.
Artist Bio / CV
Name: Wilma Vissers
Adress: Annastraat 15, 9724 LD Groningen,
Studio: Hofstraat 21-16, Groningen
Born: 10 february 1962, Heerlen
Royal Academy of Art and Design, Den Bosch,
1984-1985 ( second year )
Direction: Graphic Arts and Painting
Academy of Visual Arts Minerva, Groningen, 1985-1989
Final examination: 1989
Direction: Graphic Arts and Painting
Exhibitions( a selection )
2013; Participation at Nachtijall ick hör dir trapsen - Vice Versa 3
2012; Participation at Bildste Aard aardapppel weken 'Verre Wereld/Far World' in het Bildt Friesland
Participation at 'Alles Grafisch' CBKU, Utrecht
Participation at Nacht van Kunst en Wetenschap with 'Al-Mutanabistreet starts here'
Participation at 'They' with Mariana Cinteanu, Mitsouki Mori, Federica Nadalutti
Marlene Sarroff, Susan Still Scott, Sainte Marie d'Alloix, France
2011; Participation at 'SoSS" with Erick Knoote, Erki Kasemets, Rikka Horn, Lambert kamps, Jan Scheerhorn in the Art Center, Rapla, Estonia
Participation 'Cartes postales par des artistes invités' ParisConcret, Paris
2010; Solo-exhibition at NP40, Amsterdam
Artist in residence at Cló Ceardlann in Donegal, Ireland
Participation at 'Position fluide' ParisCONCRET with Erick Knoote en Ahn Hyun-Ju, Paris
2009; Solo-exhibition at BBK Gallery, Oldenburg, Germany
Participation at 'Lumen' with Ilona Hakvoort, Clary Stolte, Artspace 09, Groningen
Participation at 'Godenspijs' Group-exhibition at Rijksklarenhof, Ieper, Belgium
2008; Solo-exhibition at Gallery de Meerse/Het Oude Raadhuis at Hoofddorp
2007; Participation at Group-exhibition at RC de Ruimte, Ijmuiden
Participation at Group-exhibition at "Woerdstock", Woerden
2006; Solo-exhibition at NP40 in Amsterdam
Solo-exhibition at Kunstruimte Heerenveen
2005; Participation at Group-exhibition at Frontaal, Appingedam
Artist in residense: May/june 2010 Cló Ceardlann in Donegal, Ierland
Aug/september 2011 Cló Ceardlann in Donegal, Ireland
October 2012 Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan Ireland
Nominations: Student ZINE , Art Tap, Makers Award