A research project in theory and practice
Mannigfuald is the mythical ship that brought the Frisian people to the Netherlands. The ship was constructed from the entire Frisian fleet; all the ships where broken down and the wood was used to build one enormous vessel containing the entire Frisian population. It is rumoured the ship was so large that the captain had to ride around on a horse to shout instructions to the crew and the cook needed a small boat and oars to stir the soup.
The story of the Mannigfuald comes from a collection of Frisian Myths and Sagas by J.P. Wiersma. The image of this mythical ship is a metaphor for the project I'm embarking on; to explore folklore, sagas, legends, storytelling and local superstition in Europe and find a connecting factor. Like the Mannigfuald was built out of several ships I want to build a body of art based on the scattered stories of different European cultures. It strikes me how each country, region and village has their own defining myths but how, at the same time, there seem to be lots of similarities between these different stories throughout Europe (and beyond).
I'm also fascinated by more contemporary storytelling and the phenomenon of inventing myths and projecting them into the past.
(Like the "Oera Linda" Saga, a nineteenth century falsified chronicle about the origins of the Frisian race).
First stop: Ireland
Since Ireland has such a rich tradition in storytelling and mythology I chose it as a starting point for exploration. The first phase consisted of travelling, reading, writing, sketching, and printmaking. I worked as a visiting artist at the Cork Printmaking Studio. I met also several artists that inspired me to explore other techniques such as sound art and photography.
Working period and exhibition at Plaatsmaken
I'm also doing an ongoing working period at Plaatsmaken. The results of the Mannigfuald project will be shown during a solo exhibition at Plaatsmaken in the spring of 2017