One more time with feeling
Knowing the story behind a work, makes you look at it in a completely different light.
Loes opens up about her drawing therapy booklet and why not everything has to be perfect.
All pictures by Kat Vereeken (My Ex-Boyfriend & Kantoor Kontent)
The three works by Loesdier in Quiet Company's collection, were created in a hand-bound booklet. It was a birthday present from a friend who worked for a paper company: each page had a different texture and color.
After a breakup, Loes decided to make a daily drawing in the booklet, as ‘drawing therapy’. Now, a year and a half later, the book is full. Some drawings are better than others, which she doesn't mind: "it's important to be able to draw without thinking, to clear your mind a bit."
This work originated from a sketch for a commissioned work: Loes was researching compositions for a mural for a family of three.
“I wanted some movement but nothing too common. It has become a kind of free expression dance group, where the people move how they want and are perfectly happy with it.”
The inspiration for this work comes from a sketch Loes made on a beer mat during a bar concert. “I doodle quite a bit, especially when I have to sit still: everything in my sight is inspiration".
"There was a couple on a sofa in the café enjoying the music, she had her eyes closed and rested her head on his shoulder. I found this so touching and intimate that I wanted to have that moment on paper. The final drawing is a detail of this sketch, and it captures the essence of that moment.”
Because she wanted it in A2 format, Loes had the work screen printed. She called in help: “I can screen print myself, but I am not the cleanest or most accurate person. The work is printed with no bleed [up to the edge of the page] so it really had to be done perfectly”.
“I see 'Omarm Meisje' come home in many locations: the black and white print is framed beautifully in a light wood that makes a lot of combinations possible. Add some greens, some dusted pink details and a sideboard: picture perfect!”
“This drawing started from doodles. I like to draw faces, as different as possible. When I watch a series or movie, I often do quick sketches, and this got me a collection of faces throughout my sketchbooks. This is one snapshot of that.
What I am very satisfied with in this image is that the composition did not become rigid, because I was not thinking of it as a composition; just doodles”