Have you met…Wilma Vissers?

Atelier Wilma Vissers

Atelier Wilma Vissers

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Wilma Vissers.

Hout, oilsticks (Wood, oilsticks) 6 x12cm 2012.

Wilma Vissers, Hout, oilsticks
(Wood, oilsticks)
6 x12cm 2012.

Wilma Vissers lives in Gronigen, The Netherlands.


Royal Academy of Art and Design, Den Bosch,

1984-1985 (second year)

Direction: Graphic Arts and Painting

Academy of Visual Arts Minerva, Groningen, 1985-1989

Final examination: 1989

Direction: Graphic Arts and Painting

papiervorm van raufaserbehang (wall paper) 2x140x 2cm 2013.

Wilma Vissers, papiervorm van raufaserbehang
(wall paper)
2x140x 2cm 2013.

Monprint 65x 70cm 2013.

Wilma Vissers, Monprint
65x 70cm 2013.


“I am inspired by emptiness and space. Spatiality and infinite space must be present even in the smallest work. That is why I go to Ireland for several weeks every year

During the past two summers I have had the opportunity to works as an artist in residence at the “An Ceardlann na gCnoc”(An Clo) foundation in Donegal, Ireland
This is a residence in a very lonely place at the edge of western-Europe.

Since 2008/2009 i have been making a daily drawing in a Moleskine sketchbook. I wanted to break the theme of the ‘daily drawing’ away from the sketchbook in which they were made. In the workshop of An Clo I produced a series of lithographs based on these drawings.
The process off the daily drawing just went on as usual in Ireland. I could use these drawings to make a lithograph. The daily drwing became a daily “lithography”. The lines that I printed on paper had a sober and graphic character.
The abstract shapes were directly inspired by the rocky and rugged scenery.

During the second stay I noticed how certain things that I saw everyday kept recurring persistently in my drawings and lithographs. A large whale skull that served as a gateway to a house inspired me to make large monumental shapes in black and grey.

Through the process of making a daily drawing in a book I am aware that my hand is searching for new forms and lines. This search is not limited to drawing, but is also expressed through experiments with new and unusual materials for painting, such as sandpaper or newspaper.
Is what I am doing still painting? The past years I find myself in between painting and sculpting.

Space plays an important role: not only the space between my artworks, but also how a space is used when I present them as a large installation on the wall.
I want to pay attention to the detail of each individual work of art that was made separately, without losing sight of the larger whole formed by all of them together.”

Wilma Vissers

Hout, oilsticks (Wood, oilsticks) 2012.

Wilma Vissers, Hout, oilsticks
(Wood, oilsticks)

Other material relating to Wilma Vissers.

Artist website: Wilma Vissers

Studio Critical: Wilma Vissers

The Drawing Center-Viewing Program: Wilma Vissers

The Center for Book Arts: Wilma Vissers

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