MIEKE DE WAAL
‘‘My aim: disarming work about the great themes of life’.
‘Headlines’ Ode to the unknown world citizen
In the past two years I have thrown away almost no newspaper without first cutting out my ‘headline of the day’. With my archive of cuttings and an investment from the Mondriaan Fund, I began the monumental installation ‘Headlines’. While painting and constructing I bring back the big, overwhelming, but often abstract news to a softer human scale. I consider ‘Headlines’ successful when visitors are struck by those unknowns in the newspaper and have to suppress the urge to touch them.
‘An ever-changing installation
‘Headlines’ is an ever-changing installation. It adapts to the space in which it hangs. Segments leave and new ones arrive. Thus ‘Headlines’ depicts an ever-changing world history of our time. Interest in one another is allowed to prevail over the suspicion and irritation that have increasingly gained the upper hand in recent times.
My cradle was in South Africa but I grew up in the Netherlands. The fascination for unknown worlds undoubtedly has something to do with that country of birth. I chosed to study both visual arts and cultural anthropology. These two fields of interest – art and man – come together in my visual work.
Individual segment – stretched on a frame – € 750,-
A strip of three – on a bamboo support – € 1.800,-