Portneuf International Linen Biennale from June 15 to September 29
Marjolein Dallinga will exhibit his new work “The Vessels of the Heart (2019) – Wool and Linen”
“Never ask your way to someone who knows it, because you could not go astray”
The detours of the heart, its secret folds.
With this theme “Byways and drifways”, I went simply playing with wool – an animal fiber – and with flax – a plant fiber.
Everything in my work expresses something both animal and vegetative world so the amalgamation of these two materials seems to me very appropriate because these two mediums wool and linen – carry well their characteristic and specific messages.
For the realization of this work, I started my path simply with a thick black rope in which I amalgamated the animal fibers of wool and linen , a vegetal material , using the technique of felting which is the perfect technique to combine both materials .
Very quickly this rope continued into another rope that then made detours, junctions, took the wrong paths, entangled …
, separations … Borrowed new paths … the colors have changed but also the widths, the thicknesses and even the shapes have changed!
A metamorphosis certainly!
Without a predetermined plan, my journey was more spontaneous, more intuitive, I continued my creative process and my work finally began to look like multiple roots but also like veins, arteries and finally like a heart, multiple metaphors …..
I let myself go … Go drifting
My work leads me almost in spite of myself, I leave my shore and venture into the meanders of a sinuous path, strange and unknown contours of my soul; it’s hard sometimes to recognize and follow.
I do not know where the detours of my heart will lead me, as well I am surprised by its hidden folds.
However, I continue my path: I must admit that I like to lose myself in the byways of this imaginary road, dreamlike but so close to my reality ….
Below is a link to an interview given by the artist Marjolein Dallinga about the process of her work (in french !):
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