Danielle van Broekhoven
-Each Memory is Incomplete-
However van Broekhoven tries to keep the memories of certain places, journeys, holidays and strolls vivid through painting. You could call it landscapes, but for the painter it’s not a requirement that the final result refers to a specific or recognisable landscape. Her paintings are paintworks, struggles on canvas, experiments in paint that are approved by the artist.
The paintings “grow” slowly in her atelier. The canvasses are flat on the floor, or with smaller works on a table, so that she is able to work wet-in-wet, and with strongly diluted paint. Big puddles of acrylic paint are poured out over oilpainted parts, parts are being wiped off and other parts are being given extra attention by new layers of paint.
During this experimenting with materials memories come above, but the actual action in the atelier is always stronger at that moment!
Colour, composition and light are of great importance for van Broekhoven. There must always be light in the work...as if the transparency of the paint is still passing light...as if the sun is somewhere hiding in the painting!
Most of the works have great layering. Various “failures” are hidden under the upper layers of paint. This often frustrates during the making of a painting, but in the final result these failures are necessary, they provide depth. Painting in this way is an elusive process and at the same time it’s a well-considered process in which great concentration and alertness is necessary. Because there are no sketches in advance, it’s all happening right in front of her, and there it is to be captured….