... selection of a series of graphite works on paper inspired by the lyrics and music of Marike Jager's album, "The Silent Song"
In early 2014, I wanted to explore in my paintings, the ideas and content of my 2011 Dark Shadows drawings. However, I found it difficult to reenter that mental space. Time had lapsed; my situation had changed. The darkness, always present, felt different. I wanted "text", but I could not find words. I wanted graphite sticks, pencils and stencils. I had this paper....Everything waited.
Along with a growing and deepening friendship, I was very fortunate and grateful to be a silent observer and witness to the making of Marike Jager's album, The Silent Song and to attend her concerts in various small churches throughout the Netherlands.
Originally, I intended to make a few drawings using the lyrics and feelings of Marike's songs, to get warmed up for "something", but once the pencil hit the paper, the hours passed, layers built or shredded. I found my entrance into that silence and darkness. I made pieces for each of the eleven songs on her album and am currently working on a series for the song "Wings".
To Marike Jager, thank you for your friendship and beautiful heart, your songs and kinship in the creative process; Henk Jan Heuvelink, for your sensitivity and musical magic; and to Minno Baartmans, artist, poet, friend, who got me writing again and was supportive in my initial journey of image and text in the Dark Shadows drawings.