Statement

José Krijnen (1972) studied Humanistic Studies and Visual Arts at the Royal Academy in The Hague. A great impact on her work was copying Grünwald’s late-medieval Isenheimer Altar Pieces during her studies. Directly she exhibited in the Religious Museum with copies and translations. Another influence has been several working periods in China. By practising ‘folk art’ as making papercuts and classical Chinese watercolour paintings, she learned to translate figurative images into flat surfaces and patterns. In the patient technique of the ink and watercolour painting, the handwriting is attached to the structure being narrated. In her current work, flat surfaces alternate with figurative language, copied images are intertwined with images of her own, and various manuscripts are used to express structure. The artist creates rhythmic atmospheres to dwell in.

Working on

Waiting means more than just waiting for. Fascinated by the qualities of this non-glorious state of being I develop new works and explore various media like photography, drawing, and embroidery. Moreover, I am conducting a PhD-research, in the mode of a philosophical anthropologist about Waiting and Expecting.


Razzle Dazzle or ‘disruptive patterning’ is a phenomenon in nature in which animals blur their contours through their patterns. For example, an owl can coincide with the trunk of a tree or a running group of zebras can form a fragmentation bomb. Hugh Cott wrote a book about it in 1940. The drawing of the Pottoo being part of his surrounding is made by him. Disruptive patterns make it possible to dance on the cutting edge between realism en abstraction. Boundaries and hierarchy between subjects and objects, different cultures and different schools of thought are questioned in these monumental drawings. As an artist, I try to grasp intertextuality, meaning and mystery in a post-modern fragmented time frame. The viewer can dwell in a polyphonic space in the multitude of perspectives, patterns and structures elaborated with great attention to detail. The human figure almost merges with its environment in which the many voices conflict, compete, merge and harmonize.