Fijke Middendorp exhibition 18th March 2021
Private view: 18th March 18:00-20:00
Exhibition: 18th March - 4th April
12:00-18:00 Thursday- Sunday
Imaginary Cities Exhibition
Before Fijke became an artist she was a GP, first in the Netherlands and then here, in Cornwall, where she moved to in 1998 after falling in love with the place, and a man.
Ten years ago she realised that her life needed a drastic change, so she quit her job and after a year or so Fijke did what she probably always had wanted to do but was afraid to admit it - she joined an art course at Cornwall College and fell in love with printmaking.
Although she had been dreaming of creating large abstract paintings, she found herself making small drawings that always had a narrative character. Her prints also slowly turned from abstract expressions to visual storytelling.
Fijke graduated with a BA in Contemporary Creative Practice and four years ago she joined the creative community at Krowji and bought her own printing
press. Fijke gradually found her own printmaking language which is a fusion of
different techniques like drypoint, stencils, printing directly from organic and
manmade materials, and linocut. Most of her prints are now unique one-off
monoprints. Some elements, however, keep appearing in successive prints.
It's always a surprise who or what will appear on the page. These pages provide the inspiration for most of her work and often have recurrent themes of love, loss and longing, and interconnectedness.
For her first exhibition with the Terrace Gallery, Fijke has made a group of prints, based on her daily drawings. The working title is Imaginary Cities, because in the last two years all sorts of cityscapes, be it rather surreal, have appeared in her drawings. Usually when she makes new work some end up as cards, so these too will support her work on the walls.