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Eveline Kolijn

June 2, 2011

Eveline Kolijn

Calgary-based printmedia and multidisciplinary artist Eveline Kolijn expresses her interest in the sciences of natural history, biology and complexity theory through printmaking and small, sculptural installations made from found synthetic materials. By constructing organisms from plastic and Styrofoam, which share the same source as petroleum, she connects consequences of the consumption of fossil fuels in our society with the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

Her concern with the environment led to her questioning the nature of her own use of artist’s materials. Inspired by the local foods movement, Eveline is determined to use what she describes as “100-mile art materials” – eco-friendly and local materials – to make her art.

Eveline has collaborated with national award-winning poet Christian Bök to produce a folio of prints based on his ideas. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is the Chair of Alberta Printmakers Society and boardmember of the THIS IS MY CITY art society.

Eveline is currently an Extended Studies instructor at the Alberta College of Art + Design and a teacher for the Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts program. She was nominated for 12 Questions by reader @sulli6 and we’re grateful to her for sharing her vision.

1. What is your hometown?

I have moved from country to country, but the past 10 years I have lived in Calgary and it is the place where I have lived the longest in my life so far! It is a vibrant city with the beautiful Rocky Mountains next door!

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?


3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Cate Blanchet. Except for being blonde, I don’t look like her, but I admire her personality, skill and intelligence.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

That is TOO MUCH to mention, but this is my shot:

Early Italian Renaissance; Dutch 17th Century – The Jewish Bride from Rembrandt; all work by Vermeer; I LOVE (!!!!) ART NOUVEAU; Gustav Klimt; French/Belgian “Bandes Dessinees” (comics) – Asterix and “Ballad of the Lost Moors”; illustrations by Roger Dean and Kay Nielsen; Contemporary recycle art; Giuseppe Penone’s trees, hybridized contemporary, non-Western art from artists like Shazia Sikander, and all the (sometimes anonymous) pieces that continuously catch my eye and give me goosebumps. Great art engages both the mind and hits you in the gut.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

“Symbiotic Planet” and all books by biologist Lynn Margulis, “The Ecological Thought” by Timothy Morton and I am trying to tackle “A Thousand Plateaus” by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Also on my pile are books by SWOON, “On Line”, a MOMA exhibition catalogue on drawing, and a book on the life and work of Arcimboldo (U of Chicago Press).

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

ALL music by Sigur Rós! I listen to other contemporary Icelandic music as well from Amiina, Sea Bear and Hildur Gunadottir.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Black Swan.

8. Cat person or dog person?

Dogs, definitely.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

A difficult choice, but I think that truthfulness lasts the longest. It creates an integrity that is hard to violate or contest. Personal truth serves as a moral anchor. However, “what is the truth” is a relative concept.

10. How do you define sin?

Being self-serving and raising self-interest to a level where it harms other people, society and the environment.

11. How do you define virtue?

Selflessness. Placing the interest of others or society before your own is virtuous. I think that virtue is related to kindness, integrity and innocence. All these qualities require courage to live up to.

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

I am not sure if I want a headstone. I hope to be remembered as a worthy person. I like the idea that my molecules, although transformed, will remain part of the biosphere. Maybe a fictional headstone would say: “Always part of the Web of Life”.

Eveline Kolijn

Eveline Kolijn was nominated for 12 Questions

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