Mirjam Vreeswijk (1997) born in Gorinchem, graduated in 2018 in Fine Art from the HKU (Hogeschool voor de Kunst Utrecht)
Mirjam's paintings reveal themselves to be chock-full of images: porcelain plates, pink roses, a relief of a dolphin in cheap white plastic, and literally anything shiny. Viewed on their own, these objects would have probably been kitsch, but Mirjam puts them through an intensely chaotic, but productive process of combining these readymades with printed found imagery as well her own photography. Forming all this into two- and three-dimensional collages and rephotographing, recutting and recollaging, and finally painting until I achieve what she was looking for: a composition made because of playing with flatness and the illusion of space, with light and shadow, with glossy and matte surfaces, and with remnants of many images, intuitively brought together in a network of associations. If these paintings are portraits, then what do they portray? The images of our single-use culture, the breakneck speed of our times? or an personal artistic process.