Welcome to The Art of Laura Meddens
Laura Meddens is a blind painter in Amsterdam who may have lost her sight, but never her ‘vision’. If you’ve watched ‘The Art Within‘ video at the top of this page, you’ll know that the inspiration for the incredible visualizations Laura sees in her ‘mind’s eye’, come through her heart and soul, and that is what she tries to capture on canvas before they fade away.
People all over the world are amazed by her works, often discovering a variety of visual treasures as they zoom in and out from various focal points. We hope you’ll visit often as we work through our ongoing scanning project to bring all of Laura’s works into her online gallery.
And we invite you to learn more below about the awareness/fundraising campaign based on Laura’s painting “AMAZON SORROW” in which all net proceeds from the sale of commemorative items based on the painting will go to support the indigenous people of the rainforest through work of AmazonWatch.org and APIB.info.
And just below that, we invite you to learn more about, and attend Laura’s upcoming exhibition “TANGO AT THE PARC” at Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum, NL from the 2nd of February through the 31st of March, 2020.
The recent headlines about more than 80,000 fires burning in the Amazon rainforest this year inspired Laura to authorize some commemorative items from her painting “AMAZON SORROW” for sale with all net profits to benefit AmazonWatch.org and their work helping indigenous communities in the heart of the rainforest. Learn more about how you can be a part of this social media campaign that launched on the 14th of October, 2019 – Indigenous People’s Day – on the Amazon Sorrow page.
SUPPORTING AMAZON WATCH AND APIB
In the photo above, on a very rainy day during their stop in Amsterdam on a tour throughout Europe, Laura presents a copy of the commemorative poster of Amazon Sorrow to Sonia Guajajara and the leaders of the APIB collective of indigenous organizations in Brazil. Read more about it on our Amazon Sorrow page.
TANGO AT THE PARC
The Carriage Hall on the estate of Boutique Hotel Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum, NL will be the setting for the next exhibition of paintings by Laura Meddens, from the 2nd of February through the 31st of March, 2020.
Imagine for a moment if you woke up tomorrow and couldn’t see. What will you do? Where will you go? How will you survive? In the case of Laura Meddens, the way forward comes from within.
After losing her sight in 2007, Laura struggled with many of the same issues faced by other people who, as adults, lose their sense of sight. She was even denied a disability benefit because of a badly outdated and arbitrary Dutch law. Eight years later, she began to experience vivid visualizations in ‘her mind’s eye’ that she feels come from her heart and soul. Laura has always possessed intuitive and remarkably sensory perceptual abilities, and she decided to try and capture these extraordinary images on canvas for others to see, and is now attempting to make a self-sustainable career out of her natural gift. But laying the foundation for that, and getting your work known, is often an unaffordable challenge for many aspiring artists, regardless of whether or not they can see.
So, it is with the purpose of making that challenge more equitable that friends of Laura are mounting this campaign. We hope you will join her community of supporters by making a donation and helping Laura to share the love and humanity that she feels her paintings express in a world that sometimes feels as though those qualities have been bullied into hiding. Thank you so much, in advance, to those who choose to contribute at: https://www.gofundme/f/laura-meddens
Limited Edition Art Giclée Prints
We have added a new section that will inform you about the upcoming opportunity to purchase limited-edition, museum-quality prints of selected works from Laura’s personal collection.
We’ve also placed a temporary collection of previews below of Laura’s more recent works that we are in the process of reformatting to add to The Art Collection page. Click on the image to open it in a larger window. Enquire about a painting here.
“Changing Perspectives” Feature Article
During our transition, we hope you’ll enjoy the Feature Article “Changing Perspectives” which examines the varying shapes and textures that people have discovered when viewing Laura’s works from different distances, angles and in different light. We’ll be moving it to the Blog page as our update and upgrade continues.
And following the article, you’re welcome to view two previews from our Video section that will provide you with more information about Laura Meddens and her painting.
Thank you again for your patience as we improve our site for your viewing pleasure.
We’re updating and will soon repost our video exploration of what some observers see in the contemporary abstract paintings of Laura Meddens when viewed from changing perspectives. This is not meant to lead your own interpretations or conclusions, but merely to illustrate the remarkable hidden gems that emerge from Laura’s works when viewed from varying points of focus, lighting and perspectives. Let us know at our Facebook page what discoveries you make!
Although these works were captured in fleeting moments in my mind’s eye, I invite you to linger over them to discover different shapes and textures that become apparent from different angles and in different light.
While I may have painted and named a work like Extreme Obligations in a vertical portrait format, a friend told me that if you view it in a horizontal landscape position, it could be called Major Tom, after the character in David Bowie’s Space Oddity, because of the tiny helmeted figure of a spaceman that can be seen stranded on an asteroid in space.
Similar descriptions from a variety of people on my works lead me to invite you to view them from afar, up-close and from different perspectives.
Some people see in the painting Metamorphosis the cross-legged figure of Siddhartha, the birth name of the founder of Buddhism, and the title character in the novel by Herman Hesse.
Hoewel deze werken op vluchtige momenten in mijn verbeelding werden vastgelegd, nodig ik je uit er langer bij stil te staan om de verschillende vormen en texturen te ontdekken die vanuit verschillende invalshoeken en in ander licht naar voren komen.
Een werk als Extreme Obligations heb ik in staand portretformaat geschilderd en de titel gegeven, maar een vriend vertelde mij dat als je het in de liggende positie van een landschap bekijkt, het ook wel Major Tom zou kunnen heten, naar het personage in Space Oddity van David Bowie, omdat het een kleine gehelmde figuur van een ruimtevaarder is die op een asteroïde in de ruimte is gestrand.
Ik nodig je uit om mijn werken van veraf, dichtbij en vanuit diverse invalshoeken te bekijken.
Sommigen zien in het schilderij Metamorphosis de kleermakerszit van Siddhartha, de geboortenaam van de grondlegger van het boeddhisme, en het titelpersonage in de roman van Herman Hesse.
Others see in Amazon Sorrow the sad eye of a tribal chieftain wearing his colorful headdress as he covers his left eye with his hand, perhaps mourning the loss of more Amazon rainforest.
While I can’t see the results of my work on these paintings, I can tell you what I saw in my mind’s eye as these incredible visualizations unfolded. But that will be for when I meet you at an exhibition or in a publication, or TV program.
In the meantime, please view them with an open mind and without any expectations, and see what interpretations unfold in your mind’s eye.
I hope you enjoy them.
Anderen zien in Amazon Sorrow het droevige oog van een stamhoofd dat zijn kleurrijke hoofdtooi draagt, wellicht treurend om het verlies van nog meer regenwoud in het Amazonegebied.
Hoewel ik de resultaten van mijn werk aan deze schilderijen niet kan zien, kan ik je wel vertellen wat ik in mijn gedachten zag toen deze ongelooflijke visualisaties zich ontvouwden. Maar dat bewaar ik voor als ik je op een tentoonstelling ontmoet of voor een andere publicatie.
Bekijk ze ondertussen met een open blik en zonder verwachtingen, en zie welke interpretaties zich in jouw verbeelding ontvouwen.
Ik hoop dat je ze leuk vindt.
Laura Meddens was born on the island of Curaçao, and grew-up in England and the Netherlands. The two introductory videos below are in English and Dutch with English sub-titles. You can view them in a larger size, and also see more videos on our Video page.