“I am seeking for the bridge which leans from the visible to the invisible through reality.”
- Max Beckmann
Marly Hendricks (b.1963 in The Netherlands) completed her studies at the Amsterdam School of Fine Arts in 1989. She currently works as a visual artist in Amsterdam, focusing primarily on painting, drawing, and illustration. Rather than being lost in her own thoughts, she immerses herself in her surroundings, always observing and engaging with them.
Hendricks seeks to portray her environment as she experiences it, with a particular emphasis on the everyday and mundane aspects of life. She recognizes that the starkness of reality can sometimes obscure the intangible essence, the unsayable. Her artwork strives to capture and convey these elusive elements. While observation serves as her foundation, she skillfully balances recognizability with abstraction, openness, and interpretation when painting or drawing. Attention to detail and precision are paramount in her creative process. She aims for simplicity, eliminating any unnecessary distractions or "noise" from her compositions.
In her work, Hendricks often chooses to depict specific details, which simultaneously serve as memories of the complete image. This intimate approach aligns with the inherent intimacy and slowness of the drawing technique. Particularly in our fast-paced world, she values the meditative quality and unhurried pace of drawing. It allows her to fully immerse herself in the subject and capture its essence.
Above all, Hendricks' art delves into an inner landscape rooted in reality but intertwined with memories and universal experiences. Her work resonates with a sense of personal connection and invites viewers to explore their own emotional landscapes.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist