Nicole Schyns (Hengelo) wants to show the natural colours of her city, literally.
At the basis of her way of working and thinking is a search for connection between man and nature. In the case of this series of works shown in the Vrijhof, one could speak of urban nature. She collected soil, stones and ashes in Hengelo and eventually processed these materials into paint. With that mixture, "the city paint", Nicole Schyns made the four abstract paintings of this exhibition.
Many visitors to her previous exhibitions also expressed the desire to touch her paintings while standing in front of them. Therefore, she decided to make a painting especially for this exhibition that is explicitly meant to be touched.
The short film in this exhibition shows the working process from stone to painting, and Nicole Schyns can be heard with a poem that gives an impression of how poetically she experiences this whole working process.
Nicole Schyns herself says about her way of working:
"Through my love of nature and interest in sustainable living, I came to the point that painting with acrylic paint was no longer an option for me: squeezing synthetic colours out of a plastic tube just didn't feel right.
My journey of discovery into natural pigments and materials began.
I fell in love. The colours, the textures, the whole process.”
Opening of the exhibition is on Thursday 25 November, 16.00, in the small exhibition room of the Vrijhof.
You can also find Nicole's work on Instagram.