Daily Archives: February 7, 2009

The Pearl

At the first meeting Marco asked about the ‘Pearls of venserpolder’. I can’t remember what some people’s pearls were (the inner courtyards was one if I recall correctly), but I don’t think the artist of Dumaslaan was mentioned.

When An first took me on her rounds, she mentioned something about a woman who decorated her vestibule, and left recipes for various dishes on her door. To be honest, I didn’t think much about it (negative or positive) .

Later that day we happened to be passing by the building of the woman, and An took me in to show me her door/vestibule. I was impressed, if for no better reason than the fact that it was allowed to remain, when everything else in the stairwells was so heavily regulated. An had never met the woman who lived behind the door, but asked if I’d like to meet her. I thought – why not?

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An buzzed the door, and the owner opened it. An introduced herself, and we complimented her on her work. While she was speaking to An I found myself peeking through the crack of the door, trying to sneak a look inside. Not very respectful, or Dutch, but hey, I’m not Dutch. Maybe the woman noticed, because she invited us in to her place.

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The textured globs on the wall are Mihoen Noodles.

I felt like Charlie in Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory – she had turned just about everything in the apartment into a work of art: from the refrigerator, to the bathroom, to her wardrobe… When she wasn’t painting, or making sculptures, she was making clothing. All very amazing.

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An admiring the clothes.

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Portrait of the artist wearing one of her creations.

originally posted on http://ozonieuws.blogspot.com/

some first impressions

Howdy out there.

Apologies for the lack of news. The blog went ‘live’ just before I left NL for a brief trip, and I managed to catch a nasty cold just when I got back. Whatever…

What is there to tell so far? Not as much as I would hope. I’ve had some great days walking around the VP with An van Gelder, on various rondjes van venserpolder. I basically tagged along, as she did her job as Wijkmeester. It was a way to not only get a feeling for the neighborhood (I won’t be getting lost there now), but also the variety of architecture involved, or more specifically the various stairwells/storage spaces.

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Art & An at work.

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one of the sweet smelling entrances to the basement storage areas.

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i saw some interesting things, like the texts we saw on the ‘wandel’ after our first meeting.

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and some other interesting tidbits, like this stack of religious books. guess someone lost their faith?

An set up a few meetings, or brought me along when she had to see someone, which has led to some interesting chats. I’ve met Emmy, the ‘Queen of Venserpolder’, which was, not surprisingly, an experience. Of the admittedly few apartments I’ve been to in the neighborhood, Emmy’s wins the de Pijp/Jordan authenticity prize. I felt like I was on the Bloemgracht. It didn’t take long to realized how Emmy came to earn her nickname. She seems to have a grasp of most of the local politics, and is not afraid to share her opinion. She was open to the project, and we had plans to meet tomorrow (Nov 14th) with some other members of the Neighborhood Association, but unfortunately she canceled. Not quite sure why.

Through An I’ve also met Talita, who’s also another highly active member of the community. I had my dossier with me when I met Talita, and was showing her some of my work, when a past project involving shopping baskets came up. She then told me all about the hats that women in Suriname wear, and how you tie the bow in the back will reveal various thing, like whether you’re married or not.

Another one of my visits was to the studio/home of Fritz, who is an artist in a woon/werk studio in the VP. An, Fritz, and I ended up having a long talk about painting and contemporary art, as well as the neighborhood.

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So far, the one recurrent theme I’ve picked up on venserpolder is that people come, people go, and that one of the benefits of living there is how easy it is to leave. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

So, that’s a start. I’ve met more folk, and seen a few more things, but perhaps I should cut this off here.

originally posted on http://ozonieuws.blogspot.com/