isabella pen
Een visueel memoir: opgedragen aan de vrouwen voor mij en met mij. A memoir in works of art, dedicated to her: it’s her / in little brown and jade green / in wintertime / waiting for the things to come. I love her so much /


Posted on:22-05-2021
Werk van Marijke Pielage
oil, charcoal, gesso, pigment on linen canvas, 92x105cm
A first worked-out painting of a serie of drawings I made in 2000, more than 20 years ago. It was at the Dance Academy in Arnhem, where I could join the modern and contemporary dance class Eszter gave. I sat on the dancefloor with my drawing stuff and all the dancers around me doing their exercizes.
I remember the wonderful music of Mari Boine and the inspiring words Eszter called out during the workout, like: YOUR CENTER IS YOUR ENERGY / YOUR PARTNER IS YOUR ENERGY / TAKE YOURSELF WITH YOU / REALLY NICE AND JUMPY and so on....

Arnhem, May 2021

Sisters - a Conversation

Posted on:02-05-2021
Werk van Marijke Pielage
oil and charcoal on paper, 70x100cm, May 2021

This work is a study on paper with charcoal and oilpaint. The two women sitting at a small table in a bar, remember me of my two sisters when they were young.
For this work I felt inspired by the painting 'Conversation' from Dora Maar(1937)

May 2021

Myra - for the unknown -II

Posted on:18-11-2020
Werk van Marijke Pielage
oil + pigments on paper, 70x120cm, November 2020

The unknown story of a college girl, back home in London, (probably) in the '50s

Myra - for the unknown -II
oil + pigments on paper, 70x120cm
November 2020

Jade Girls

Posted on:26-02-2020
Werk van Marijke Pielage
oilpaint on linen-70x70cm, 2018

Here we are: three precious girls made of jade. A selfportrait with my two sisters, together in a reddish room with touches of pink and green. The ultramarine frame makes us frozen in time.

Myra - for the unknown

Posted on:20-05-2019
Werk van Marijke Pielage
oil on paper, 70x120cm, 2019

The unknown story of a college girl, a picture taken at Kensington Gardens, London, back in the '50s

Myra - for the unknown
oil on paper, 70x120cm
May 2019

The Great Recovery of a Young Girl

Posted on:17-04-2019
Werk van Marijke Pielage
oil on paper, 70x120cm

- and here she is: isabella pen -

just sitting there / with her cat on her lap/ she comes in incense and patchouly / on a sunny afternoon / in the garden back home / in the faded colors of yesterday -

The Great Recovery of a Young Girl
oil on paper, 70x120cm
April 2019

the place

Posted on:19-02-2019
Werk van Marijke Pielage
pen and ink on paper

isabella pen looks at what's hers to be

the beginning

Posted on:13-01-2019
Werk van Marijke Pielage
isabella pen

- i did not know you before but there you where/
suddenly in front of my camera/
so close and so far away/

please to meet you:
isabella pen -

Marijke: 'My life is about pictures & storytelling, daily discoveries. I have to make notes, all the time. So time is being registered and I won't forget things. In my studio I transfer these notes into works of art: paintings, drawings, prints, texts. I like to experiment with all sorts of paper, prints and graphic techniques and so on... For me art is a medium to interact with the outside world: like pockets of silence, where we can root and grow'.

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