Wilma Vissers

Wilma Vissers

“I am inspired by emptiness and space. Spatiality and infinite space must be present even in the smallest work. That is why I go to Ireland, Scotland and Iceland for several weeks every year.“
During the past few years I had the oppurtunity to work in several  artist residencies in Ireland and Scotland. I worked at “An Ceardlann na gCnoc”(An Clo) foundation in Donegal, Ireland This is a residence in a very lonely place at the edge of western-Europe.Since 2008/2009 i have been making a daily drawing in a Moleskine sketchbook. I wanted to break the theme of the ‘daily drawing’ away from the sketchbook in which they were made. In the workshop of An Clo I produced a series of lithographs based on these drawings.The process off the daily drawing just went on as usual in Ireland. I could use these drawings to make a lithograph. The daily drawing became a daily “lithography”. The lines that I printed on paper had a sober and graphic character. The abstract shapes were directly inspired by the rocky and rugegd scenery. During the second stay I noticed how certain things that I saw everyday kept recurring persistently in my drawings and lithographs. A large whale skull that served as a gateway to a house inspired me to make large monumental shapes in black and grey.This winter I stayed at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in County Monaghan. Here I made embossment and mono prints.The paper itself became my main object there. Especially the embossement technique I found very surprising an inspiring. I made monumental images with almost nothing. In my studio at home in Groningen I made several paper shapes or forms inspired by this. I am aware that my hand is searching for new forms and lines. This search is not limited to drawing, but is also expressed through experiments with new and unusual materials for painting, such as sandpaper or newspaper. Is what I am doing still painting? The past years I find myself in between painting and sculpting.Space plays an important role: not only the space between my artworks, but also how a space is used when I present them as a large installation on the wall. I want to pay attention to the detail of each individual work of art that was made separately, without losing sight of the larger whole formed by all of them together.

Wilma Vissers Artist

Curriculum Vitae – CV

Name: Wilma Vissers

Studio: Hofstraat 21-16, Groningen The Netherlands Born: 10 february 1962, Heerlen E-mail; info@wilmavissers.com Website: www.wilmavissers.com

Art education Royal Academy of Art and Design, Den Bosch, 1984-1985 ( second year ) Direction: Graphic Arts and Painting

Academy of Visual Arts Minerva, Groningen, 1985-1989 Final examination: 1989 Direction: Graphic Arts and Painting

Exhibitions( a selection )

2019; Group exhibition ‘Drawing Now’ at Institute of Contemporary Art
Maine College of Art, Portland USA
2018; Group exhibition Bos Fine Art Den haag
Participation Art Noord Belvedere, Kunstlokaal 08
Participation ‘Small World’ Caesuur Middelburg
‘Essentie’Broere church Bolsward. Cultural Capital Europe Leeuwarden
Structure Games at Gallery Olivier Nouvellet, Paris
Retrospect. AWP ACEC Apeldoorn

2017; Participation at ‘Views’ with Giel Louws, Kunstlokaal 08 Jubbega
Participation at ‘Summerexhibition’ at LaKaserna, Bad Nieuweschans
Participation at ‘Concreet’ 100 jaar later, at ARS(Ars Aemula Naturae), Leiden
Participation at ‘Abstract Wall Paintings’, #DESTIJL100YEARS, ACEC, Apeldoorn
Participation at the Drawing Collective, Gallery Olivier Nouvellet, Paris. Participation at the Drawing Collective, Articulate Upstairs Sidney

2016; Participation at the Drawing Collective, Abstract Project, Paris. Participation at ‘Elementary Imagery’. Exhibition to celebrate the centenary off The Stijl, SMAHK, Assen, The Netherlands.

2015; Participation at ‘Suchness/Sosein’, international group-exhibition at Raumx, londen. Participation at ‘We insist, On insiste’. Biennale international non objective art. Pont de Claix. France. Participation at ‘Show Your Colors’, international group-exhibition at SMAHK Assen, the Netherlands. ‘Lointain’ with Hans Goudsblom at le Hang Art Gallery, Grenoble, France.

2014; Participation at ‘Silent Dialogues’ with Coen vernooij, Galerie Agnes raben, Vorden, the Netherlands. Participation at ‘Ellipse’, at A3 Gallery , International group-exhibition in Moskow. ‘Crossing Lines’ Solo-exhibition at Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre, Enniskillen Northern Ireland.

2013; Participation at ‘Into the distance’ with Jan Blank at Em Gallery, Drachten, the Netherlands. Participation at ‘Nachtijall ick hör dir trapsen’ – Vice Versa 3, Kurt Im Hirsch, Berlin. Participation at ‘What I like about you’ Parallel Art Space, New York. Participation ‘Cartes postales 2′, par des artistes invités’ ParisConcret, Paris. Participation at ‘Print3’ Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, Sledmere, Yorkshire, England.

2012; Participation at ‘Inventaire’ Grenoble, France. Participation at Bildste Aardappel weken ‘Verre Wereld/Far World’ in het Bildt, Friesland, the Netherlands. Participation at ‘Alles Grafisch’ CBKU, Utrecht, the Netherlands. Participation at ‘They’, Sainte Marie d’Alloix, France. 2011; Participation at ‘SoSS” in the Art Center, Rapla, Estonia. Participation ‘Cartes postales par des artistes invités’ ParisConcret, Paris.

2010; Solo-exhibition at NP40, Amsterdam. Participation at ‘Position fluide’ ParisCONCRET , Paris.

2009; Solo-exhibition at BBK Gallery, Oldenburg, Germany. Participation at ‘Lumen’ , Artspace 09, Groningen. Participation at ‘Godenspijs’ at Rijksklarenhof, Ieper, Belgium.

2008; Solo-exhibition at Gallery de Meerse/Het Oude Raadhuis at Hoofddorp.

2007; Participation at Group-exhibition at RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden, the Netherlands. 2006; Solo-exhibition at NP40 in Amsterdam. Solo-exhibition at Kunstruimte Heerenveen, the Netherlands.

Artist in residense May/june 2010 Cló Ceardlann in Donegal, Ierland Aug/september 2011 Cló Ceardlann in Donegal, Ireland Januar/febr 2012, Nov/dec 2014 Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan Ireland Winter 2014 Heinrich Boll Foundation, Achill island, Ireland May 2016, The Booth, Scalloway, the Shetlands
April 2017, Cill Rialaig Ireland. September 2018: Printed Matter residency Skaftfell Iceland

Grant: Gerbrandy Foundation: Travel Grant Iceland 2018

Nominations: Student ZINE , Art Tap, Makers Award, Ireland

My artworks have been accepted in to the viewingprogram of the Drawing Centre in New York.

2013/2014 Curator of ‘Manic episode 4, Maniac visits Groningen’. At TAS Groningen, the Netherlands. 2016 Curator of ‘Miniscules’ at Gallery Badweg 3 Bolsward, the Netherlands

2017 Curator of ‘Geen Titel/No Title’ with Rudy lanjouw at Ruimte P 60 Assen, The Netherlands

2018 Curator of ‘Boek wat Kunst’ at WKB18 ARTisBOOK Groningen