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 )

2020; Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, Solo

Dingeman House/ the Zonnestraal, Essentie, Utrecht/ Hilversum, Group
Keik. Groningen, with Lydia Wierenga
‘Drawing Now’ at Institute of Contemporary Art
Maine College of Art, Portland USA. Group
Exhibition Duo Groningen. Solo

Bos Fine Art Den haag. Group
Art Noord Belvedere, Kunstlokaal 08
‘Small World’ Caesuur Middelburg. Group
‘Essentie’Broere church Bolsward. Cultural Capital Europe Leeuwarden. Group
‘Structure Games’ at Gallery Olivier Nouvellet, Paris. Group
Retrospect. AWP ACEC Apeldoorn. Group

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

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

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

I also exhibited
‘Ellipse’, at A3 Gallery , International group-exhibition in Moskow.
‘Crossing Lines’ Solo-exhibition at Clinton Centre, Enniskillen Northern Ireland.
‘Nachtijall ick hör dir trapsen’ – Vice Versa 3, Kurt Im Hirsch, Berlin.
‘What I like about you’ Parallel Art Space, New York.
‘They’, Sainte Marie d’Alloix, France.
‘SoSS” in the Art Center, Rapla, Estonia.
Participation at ‘Position fluide’ ParisCONCRET , Paris. Group
Solo-exhibition at BBK Gallery, Oldenburg, Germany.

2019 Lough Erne Library Artsland Northern Ireland

Artist Residencys;
2010/20111 Cló Ceardlann in Donegal, Ireland
2012/2014, Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Monaghan Ireland
2014/2021 Heinrich Boll Foundation, Achill island, Ireland
2016, The Booth, Scalloway, the Shetlands
2017, Cill Rialaig Ireland.
2018: Printed Matter residency Skaftfell Iceland
2019 Artsland Residency Northern Ireland

2018 Gerbrandy Foundation: Travel Grant Iceland

2021 Steunfonds Kunstraad Groningen Drawingbox traveling exhibition

2021Werkbijdrage Pictoright

Coming: 2022 Artist Residency at Tjornuvik Faroer Islands

2013 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,
2016 Curator of ‘Miniscules’ at Gallery Badweg 3 Bolsward,
2017/2020 Curator of ‘Geen Titel/No Title’ with Rudy lanjouw at Ruimte P 60 Assen
2018 Curator of ‘Boek wat Kunst’ at WKB18 ARTisBOOK Groningen
2021 Curator of the Drawingbox exhibition at Studio Wilma Vissers

Work in collection: Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland