Boredom

  • Suzanne Haarhuis / Fine Art / Enschede

‘Because I get bored easily, I make drawings in which I don’t have to think—mostly patterns. Or I listen to music. The people I draw are also depicted in a similar state—they are lounging on a sofa, relaxing at a table thinking, sitting behind a cash register with nothing to do. My inspiration comes from photos I’ve plucked from the Internet. I select them based on the subjects’ behaviour, but also based on the environment in which they are situated. The so-called “residual space”—the space between the figure and the frame—is important in my work and continues to gain more meaning. I define the frame and leave parts inside it white. I choose to bring detail into a pattern accurately or to leave the space as an abstract pattern. I do not paint portraits—people often have no face; they are, in fact, neutral. My figures are absorbed in that space, are part of it, similar to what happens with boredom.’

 

Figure 1:

‘This Boy’

24×23 cm, oil on panel

 

Figure 2:

‘Pink Sofa Dreaming’

22×24 cm, oil on panel

 

Figure 3:

‘Kurt’

38×36 cm, oil on panel

 

Figure 4:

‘Jack’

31x31cm, oil on panel

 

Figure 5:

‘Léa’

25×24 cm, oil on panel

 

Figure 6:

‘Wonderboy’

41×61 cm, oil on panel

 

Figure 7:

‘Tickets for sale’

31×31 cm, oil on panel

 

AKI ArtEZ Graduation exhibition in Enschede, 26 June – 5 July

Hulsmaatstraat 35, Enschede (Roombeek)

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 20:30

Sat and Sun: 11:00 – 17:00

 

TETEM kunstruimte, 26 June – 12 July

Stroinksbleekweg 16, Enschede (Roombeek)

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 20:30

Sat and Sun: 11:00 – 17:00

 

Concordia Expositie, 26 June – 30 August

Langestraat 56, Enschede (city centre, near Oude Markt)

Opening hours:

Tues – Fri: 10:00 – 18:00

Sat: 10:00 – 17:00

Sun and Mon: closed

 

Mupi project, 29 June – 12 July: available for viewing 24 hours a day along a public route in the area of Enschede