Artists Karin van Dam (1959) and Ed Pien (1958) have known each other for quite a long time and presently at Galerie Maurits van de Laar they show the results of some shared experiences from Canada, where they went literally underground.
The creepy crawlies that cover your body when you lay still in a huge pit or the underground life and architecture of the crust of our planet in mining corridors have triggered their imagination.
The graphite used by Van Dam is of course delved from that same earth crust and indeed in her work she improvises on the idea of the building stones of the earth we live and walk on.
Pien bases his works presently on show on natural processes, especially the influence of salt water on black paper.
He allowed the paper to dry and used the resulting salt patterns for his compositions.
The combination of the works of both artists makes for a great, surprising reflection on the composition of the earth under our feet and the inspiration and the sheer endless imagination it gives.
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© Villa Next Door 2018
Contents of all photographs courtesy to Karin van Dam, Ed Pien and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag