From an early age I have been fascinated by the Dutch Islands. As a family, we used to visit them often and eventually, Vlieland would become a particular place of interest for me. The island offers a stunning scenery, giving one a sense of discovery and the ultimate adventure. Something that, in hindsight I believe, has always appealed to me. The Islands isolated location, you have to cross the sea, represents a feeling of wilderness, a perfect place to project all of my fantasies onto.
This notion of isolation and therefore limitation appeals to me. It offers both a sense of freedom and security, as my memories and identity are inherently connected with this specific location. This quote by Pascal Mercier from his novel Night Train to Lisbon, perfectly reflects this memory and identity of place for me:
“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We go to ourselves, travel to ourselves,[..] no matter how brief it may have been.”
The ‘Op Vlieland’ series represents ‘My Vlieland’. The physicality of the island provides me the opportunity for an ideal image, the imaginary island. It resonates with my ideal, the culmination of where and who I want to be.