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From 30 June to 22 September 2019, Museum Valkenburg will display an exciting exhibition with work by Dorine van der Ploeg in the upper room. Especially for this exhibition, Dorine returned from Amsterdam to the area where she grew up to work on a new series of collages.

Dorine van der Ploeg (Heerlen, 1983) graduated in 2015 from the Wackers Academy in Amsterdam under the supervision of the English artist Jim Harris. Inspired by his way of looking – only when you start observing your subject properly, you discover that it is far more interesting than the image in your head – is her work the result of continuous observation of her immediate environment. Parallel to this process of observation, an experiment takes place with the use of various materials, techniques and mutual combinations. It is the fascination for the spontaneous brush stroke and its clarity that lies behind the making of Dorine’s collages.

The exhibition at Museum Valkenburg presents two series; the “Green floor / Red floor” series, in which Dorine has captured the light on the floor of her Amsterdam studio with the help of oil pastels and paper, and her most recent collages on paper. This last series was made in the period from February to June in a ‘studio’ that extends from Houthem Sint Gerlach to Schin op Geul. Dorine travels into the landscape with a bag full of painted sheets of paper to be inspired on the spot by the light, a color, by the grandeur of a tree or the depth in the landscape. Shapes and colors make a representation, in which simultaneously – pre-eminently visible in the larger works – different snapshots come together in a collage of observations.