Mirjam Vreeswijk is an artist living and working in Utrecht, the Netherlands. With her paintings, Vreeswijk explores the convergence of divergent realities produced in a space between mirror and mask, between revealing and hiding the subject. “In doing so, I seek to draw attention to the different layers of consciousness rippling through the painting’s surface and its subject,” she explains. “Narrative and continuity become illusory in this hybrid space, as each work contains new perspectives that combine opposites and defy easy coherency.”
Originating from collections of objects or images that appeal to Vreeswijk in one way or another, from shiny ribbons to designer shoes, or decorative picture books from the 70s, she builds intuitive compositions, first in models, then on canvas: “Step by step, I look at what the image needs in order to eventually arrive at the perfect composition and perfect structures of paint. This intuitive or subconscious approach gives the paintings a surrealistic feel that touches on elements of product photography, still life, and landscape painting.”
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