Author: Rowena Dring

Calmness Amidst Chaos

Francesca Aikman is a young artist from the North West of England who lives and works in Amsterdam. She arrived directly after finishing a degree in Fine Art at university in Preston to take up a residency at OT303, and, without her really realizing or planning it, Amsterdam became home.  Recently, she has been making small, intimate ink paintings of streets in Amsterdam. These colourful works are all created using black ink, which is then allowed to divide into different colours when dropped onto wet paper (paper chromatography). They are beautiful depictions of fleeting moments in time; the moment...

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In the Netherlands today, many of us woke up and heaved a sigh of relief at the election results. One of the biggest causes for optimism was that 80% of eligible voters turned out to vote. So today, we wanted to share this work by the British artist and protester Bob & Roberta Smith, which is the pseudonym of British contemporary artist Patrick Brill. The work is a copy of the first LP of the Apathy Band, which was formed by Bob & Roberta Smith in the early 90’s. The “A” side of the album is Bob & Roberta...

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Nasty Women Amsterdam

Last weekend, I saw the opening of the Nasty Women Amsterdam exhibition at the Josilda da Conceicao Gallery, which was completely packed out. What is the Nasty Women Exhibition? We know the hashtag, we know the marches- but did you know it’s also an art movement? It all began in New York City on the 14th of November (less than a week after Trump was elected) with a Facebook post: “Hello female artists/curators! Let’s organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who’s interested???” The response was huge, as a show that was originally conceived as an artistic statement for Women’s...

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Artist Profile: Monica Perez Vega

POMPEII, 50x50 cm, oil on canvas, 2010 “My paintings are simply a metaphor for life.  It’s about how we navigate the chaos and find our way…” We begin our weekly Artist Feature segment with the work of Monica Perez Vega, which is fitting as it was she who originally had the idea to begin the Hiraeth Magazine.  Last summer, Monica and I shared a studio for a time before she moved to London, and it was fascinating to watch somebody who works from a completely reversed position to me. When Monica approaches the blank canvas, there isn’t any sense that...

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  • Hiraeth Ep. 23- A Moving Legacy 02/10/2017
    In this episode, Sarah talks to Lucille Abendanon who has three nationalities and has lived in six different countries. Lucille shares not only her own story of movement, but also the incredible stories of her Dutch Oma and Opa who survived life in Japanese concentration camps. Lucille is a writer and values the power of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep 22- Crimea Calling 18/09/2017
    In 2010, Masha and her brother inherited her grandparents’ home in Crimea, the place of her birth. Last Spring, she traveled there and felt a tug to return and explore her roots. She has long felt the pull between lands and questioned her sense of identity- having lived in the US since the age of […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 21 - Embrace The Journey 04/09/2017
    I met Cynthia on instagram- While she runs the very serious business of recruitment and coaching for expats through her company Xpath Global Careers, she also happens to run a hilarious instagram account called @expatmemes which pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of international life...  Many times, I found myself commenting (or at least thinking) […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 20- Summer Wrap Up 21/07/2017
    In this episode, we talk about art, politics and plans for the future.  This episode is a series of audio clips from team meetings and conversations recorded over the past six months.  It is a reflection on the year so far- as we wrap up for Summer vacation.  We will resume in the Fall, and […]
  • Hiraeth Ep. 19- Stardust Magick 12/06/2017
    In this episode, I talk to Stardust Magick. Star is a transformation artist- transforming herself and others through costume and performance. She helped form the Mystic Family Circus in California and has performed at festivals the world over. She believes in radical expression and lives with an open heart and with the intention of simply […]

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