2009: 7 Zonden Project

In 2007, I was invited by the Cultural Work Group Stein to take care of an exhibition in the local Terp church. A visit to the church inspired me to take the seven sins as a starting point. Read more...

In 2007, I was invited by the Cultural Work Group Stein to take care of an exhibition in the local Terp church. One of the objectives of the working group is to bring art to the attention of as wide a public as possible.

So a Great oppurtunity. Only, what will you do? Present your own work, or take the opportunity to do something totally new? A visit to the church inspired me to take the seven sins as a starting point. Actually, a logical choice, I think. “As an artist, I have always been hugely impressed by the old fresco masters, especially Giotto, because of the techniques I use.

Their frescoes were often found in churches as murals, today remains are preserved. These fresco’s have been inspiring because of the technique used. Of course, Jeroen Bosch’s work was also an inspiration. “He who is without sin casts the first stone. So?

“Whether I am guilty of one of the seven sins? Surely. I also think that the seven sins are often attributes that are found in every human being, to a greater or lesser extent. Of course, you decide how to deal with this. “In the center of the church was a large installation pointing to hypocrisy, the speed with which humans condemn others. “How does it feel when you surround yourself with accusing glances and pointing fingers? I want to make that clear. “

A lot of work it was. Burlaps of four by two meters (!). A giant job to handle in a relatively short time.  Still, in the Dorieke’s studio, six canvasses were drying. The last is in the scaffolding. Impressive work is it, with sometimes a political or social-critical load. Amongst pride is a clear link toward the USA, more specifically: President George Bush. 
Normally Dorieke keeps far from politics. In her own words: “My art is meant to touch someone. To call up emotion, whether sadness, pleasure or anger. It is sometimes confrontational and almost always intrusive. You do not have to expect me to paint a standard nude. “That’s why it’s strange to see women like an object (Lust) in what really is Dorieke.

“In this sin, I wanted to cite the total flatness that is often associated with the theme today. I often paint nudes, the emphasis is on the emotion that is within itself and how it translates into expression of body and face. “At Lust, or actually lacking, Dorieke wanted to portray that it is precisely the emotion which is missing. “People and especially women have turned into caricatures. This is far from the work I usually do with myself, which is why I found this to be the toughest canvas to work on. ”

The assignment has probably affected Dorieke for the rest of her life, even though she believes she has remained faithful to her style. “All canvasses are recognizable by my hand. It is not surprising that if you are working on a project for more than a year and a half, your style evolves. The intentions have led me to use models and other characters, while I previously used to be a model myself. My work has broadened by this. “