My Painting is a Field

Simone van Dijken

I will perform a short poem, titled ‘My Painting is a Field’, as well as present selected paintings and/or works on paper. The poem is an attempt to cut, slice and distort the established order found in literature and oppose it to an action of rupture, which painting is to me. In my exhibited works I explore the personal and its periphery, which includes visceral trigger zones, such as ugliness and undermining virtuosity. The act of painting and drawing is about undoing habits and assumptions that are set in a system of (social, gender-) constructs. Therefore, the finished works are not only an attempt to juxtapose but also proposals for an undoing.