Welcome to The Art of Laura Meddens

If you’ve watched ‘The Art Within‘ video at the top of this page, you’ll know that the inspiration for the paintings by Amsterdam artist Laura Meddens comes from incredible visualizations she sees in her ‘mind’s eye’, that come through her heart and soul, and that is what she tries to capture on canvas before they disappear.

They are works with dimension and depth that you’ll be able to examine from near and far at  Laura’s upcoming exhibition “BEZIELING AT THE PARC” at Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum, NL in February and March, 2020. More info below and on our Exhibitions page.

We also invite you to be part of the awareness/fundraising campaign “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. More info below and also our Amazon Sorrow Page.

We do hope you enjoy exploring Laura’s works as we update new HD scans of her paintings and welcome any enquiries you might have on our Contact page.

Featured Works

We are in the process of updating the website and adding new HD scans of older and more recent works and their descriptions. In the meantime, you can find previously listed works on The Art page and in its drop-down menu. You can also enquire about a painting via our Contact page. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your browsing experience.

AMAZON SORROW

Laura Meddens Supporting AmazonWatch.org and APIB.info

People have commented to Laura that her painting, originally titled  ‘Transcendence’ resembles an Amazon tribal chief in a full headdress, some even going as far as to suggest he is covering one eye with his hand because he can’t bear to witness the destruction of the rainforest, while his other eye remains open to stay vigilant to protect his people, their land and way of life. Another observer commented that it’s almost as though his open eye is imploring the observer to ‘do something’.

As news headlines spread around the world this past summer about more than 80,000 fires burning in the Amazon rainforest, Laura felt inspired to ‘do something’, by letting what people saw in the painting serve a higher purpose. So, she renamed it “AMAZON SORROW“and authorized the image to be used on commemorative items such as posters, T-Shirts, notebooks and smartphone covers to raise awareness about and funds for the work that AmazonWatch.org has been doing over the past 20 years in helping indigenous communities cope with the deforestation of the rainforest.

Laura also met the leaders of the indigenous organization APIB.info who were touring across Europe during October and November appealing to business and political leaders to stop their harmful trade practices that are negatively impacting countries that share the Amazon rainforest. Shortly after Laura presented the commemorative poster of Amazon Sorrow to APIB leader Sonia Guajajara during their stop in Amsterdam, (see photo in the Amazon Sorrow module) news would break about the ambush of her cousin and the killing of another ‘Forest Guardian’ by illegal loggers in Brazil.

It brought sobering new purpose to the title “Amazon Sorrow” and APIB’s ‘Not one drop more of Indigenous blood’ campaign.. Learn more about how you can contribute by buying an item and also be a part of this social media campaign that launched on the 14th of October, 2019 – Indigenous People’s Day – in the video tab and on the Amazon Sorrow page.

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Amazon Sorrow. Acrylic on canvas. Acrylic on canvas that some people say resembles an Amazon tribal chief wearing a brilliant orange and yellow headdress as he covers one eye because he can't bear to witness the destruction of the rainforest. 120cm high by 100 cm wide or 47.24 inches high by 39.37 inches wide.

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UPDATE IN PROGRESS

We are in the process of updating the website and adding new HD scans of older and more recent works and their descriptions. In the meantime, you can find previously listed works on The Art page and via its drop-down menu. You can also enquire about a painting via our Contact page. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your browsing experience.

A Bridge To Yonder. Acrylic on canvas with blue, grey, orange, white and gold set against a black canvas that could resemble a cluster of asteroids. 120cm high by 100 cm wide or 47.24 inches high by 39.37 inches wide.
Absorb. Acrylic on canvas with light blue, green, orange, red,,white and gold elements including a spherical transparent orb set against a black canvas. . 120cm high by 90 cm wide or 47.24 inches high by 35.43 inches wide.
Amazon Sorrow. Acrylic on canvas. Acrylic on canvas that some people say resembles an Amazon tribal chief wearing a brilliant orange and yellow headdress as he covers one eye because he can't bear to witness the destruction of the rainforest. 120cm high by 100 cm wide or 47.24 inches high by 39.37 inches wide.
Blossom. Acrylic on canvas with what appear to be white and gold flower blossoms with what could be black pistils, with other green and blue markings set against a red canvas. 120cm high by 90 cm wide or 47.24 inches high by 35.43 inches wide.

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UPDATES IN PROGRESS

We are in the process of updating the website and Laura’s Store at Pixels.com and adding new HD scans of older and more recent works. In the meantime, you can find previously listed works on The Art page and via its drop-down menu. You can also enquire about a painting via our Contact page. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your browsing experience.

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Artist Laura Meddens sits at a round white table with a cup of tea with some of her paintings hanging on the walls in the background at Galerie The Window in Zuidland in the Netherlands.

The Art From The Heart and Soul

Laura Meddens was born in the tropics, and spent her formative years in England, Ireland and the Netherlands. After several trips throughout Europe and the Americas, she settled in Amsterdam in 2007.

The inspiration for her paintings comes from within, emanating from the vibrant visualizations she experiences, shaped by the emotions of the moment. The challenge for Laura is to transpose these internal panoramas to canvas before they disappear, as they are constantly evolving like slowly billowing clouds drifting by.

Laura enjoys feeling the structure of the paint as she intuitively constructs this multi-dimensional imagery for others to see. Her love of colors was expressed early-on in her drawings and paintings before she became visually impaired.

In 2007, Laura lost her sight completely, but not her vision.

Throughout her life’s journey, she has amassed a visual archive of impressions, memories, images, shapes and colors that enable her to apply perspective, color harmony and texture to her works.

Nothing makes Laura happier than hearing from many people that they make perceptual discoveries that are very personal to them, and that are sometimes shared by others, when lingering over her paintings.

De kunst vanuit het hart en de ziel

Laura Meddens is geboren in de tropen en bracht haar vormende jaren door in Engeland, Ierland en Nederland. Na diverse reizen door heel Europa en Noord- en Zuid-Amerika vestigde zij zich in 2007 voorlopig in Amsterdam.

De inspiratie voor haar werk komt van binnenuit, en ontstaat uit levendige beelden die ze krijgt vanuit haar hart en ziel, beïnvloed door de emotie van het moment. De uitdaging voor haar is om deze panorama’s vast te leggen op doek vóórdat ze weer verdwijnen, want ze ontwikkelen zich voortdurend, als voorbijdrijvende wolken.

Laura geniet van de structuur van de verf terwijl ze met haar vingers deze gelaagde beelden intuïtief op het doek vastlegt. Haar liefde voor kleuren vond al vroeg uitdrukking in haar tekeningen en schilderijen voordat ze slechtziend werd.

In 2007 verloor ze haar gezichtsvermogen volledig, maar niet haar visie.

In de loop van haar leven heeft ze een visueel archief opgebouwd van indrukken, herinneringen, beelden, vormen en kleuren, die haar in staat stellen perspectief, kleurharmonie en reliëf toe te passen in haar werk.

Niets maakt haar gelukkiger dan van veel mensen te horen dat ze, wanneer ze haar schilderijen aandachtig bekijken, visuele ontdekkingen doen die heel persoonlijk zijn, en soms worden gedeeld door anderen.

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The Artist. Black and white image of Laura Meddens painting at an easel. Her pating Tango is in the background and the only color comes from a vase of pink flowers next to Tango.

To behold the paintings of Laura Meddens is to embark on a journey of discovery.

She sees remarkable visualizations in her mind’s eye, and her works showcase her efforts to capture them in a fleeting moment in time, because they are always moving . . . evolving.

Her life, from its beginning in the Dutch West Indies, and time living in the U.K and the Netherlands has provided a rich collection of visual memories and experiences that help to inspire her creative projects.

Laura achieves richly layered textures in a way that the label ‘contemporary abstract’ becomes a contradiction in terms because she paints with the most primitive – yet instinctual – tools at hand: her fingers.

This results in almost sculpted layers of vibrant colours, or simple black and white, whose depths and textures invite the observer to linger, making more and more discoveries of visual treasures seemingly hidden only for the patient eye of the beholder.

Because the moving imagery in her mind’s eye does not ‘hold a pose’, Laura has to work quickly to capture the image on canvas before it disappears. This can be at any hour of the day or night, standing at an easel or kneeling on the floor.

Laura’s techniques for blending different colours are fascinating in the way some of the swoops and swooshes of her fingers take on a three-dimensional tonality in her paintings.

Already her works have been attracting attention in the international art world. Laura was invited to display her work in the 2016 Open Ateliers Oost in Amsterdam and was one of 10 artists chosen out of 90 to exhibit in the SBK Gallery.

Laura’s first major solo exhibition debuted in November, 2017 at the historic Amstelkerk in Amsterdam, and ran through to January of 2018.

Her next exhibition is planned for February and March 2020 at Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum, NL.

If you’d like more information or wish to purchase one of Laura’s works, please email info@LauraMeddens.com or call +31 61 46 96 853.

Het kijken naar de schilderijen van Laura Meddens is als het begin van een ontdekkingsreis.

Laura ziet opmerkelijke visualisaties in haar verbeelding en haar werken tonen haar inspanningen om ze op een vluchtig moment vast te leggen, omdat ze altijd in beweging zijn . . . zich voortdurend ontvouwen.

Haar leven, begonnen op de Nederlandse Antillen, en voortgezet in Engeland en daarna in Nederland, heeft haar voorzien van een rijke schat aan visuele herinneringen en ervaringen, die haar blijven inspireren bij haar creatieve projecten.

Laura bereikt rijkelijk gelaagde texturen op zo’n manier dat het label ‘hedendaags abstract’ een contradictio in terminis wordt, omdat ze met het meest primitieve, maar ook intuïtieve gereedschap voorhanden schildert: haar vingers.

Dit resulteert in welhaast gebeeldhouwde lagen van levendige kleuren of simpelweg zwart en wit. De diepte en textuur hiervan nodigen de toeschouwer uit om te blijven hangen en steeds meer visuele schatten te ontdekken die alleen voor het geduldige oog van de toeschouwer verborgen lijken te liggen.

Omdat de bewegende beelden in haar verbeelding geen ‘vaste houding aannemen’, moet Laura snel werken om het beeld op doek vast te leggen voordat het verdwijnt. Dit kan op elk moment van de dag of nacht zijn, als ze bij een ezel staat of op de grond knielt.

Laura’s techniek voor het mengen van verschillende kleuren is fascinerend. Ze veegt en vlindert met haar vingers en geeft zo een driedimensionale kleurschakering aan haar schilderijen.

Inmiddels is haar werk opgemerkt in de internationale kunstwereld. Laura heeft – op uitnodiging – werk ten toon gesteld op de Open Ateliers Oost in Amsterdam (2016), en was daarbij één van de 10 uitverkorenen uit 90
deelnemers om te exposeren in de SBK-galerie.

Laura’s eerste grote solo-tentoonstelling werd in de historische Amstelkerk te Amsterdam gehouden, van november 2017 tot januari 2018.

Haar volgende tentoonstelling is gepland voor februari en maart 2020 in Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum, NL.

Als u meer inlichtingen wenst, of belangstelling heeft voor de aanschaf van een kunstwerk van Laura, a.u.b. emailen info@LauraMeddens.com of bellen  +31 61 46 96 853.

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Bezieling at the Parc. The Art Within Laura Meddens. o3 February 2020 to 31 March 2020. A background photo of Parc Broekhuizen is flanked by an image of Laura's painting Tango on the left, and the logos for Parc Broekhuizen and Laura Meddens Fine Art and Limited Editions.

BEZIELING AT THE PARC – The Art Within Laura Meddens

03 FEB – 31 MAR 2020

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 03 February through to 31 March, 2020.

Laura will be onsite on certain days to personally curate the collection. She will also provide information about the opportunity to purchase Limited Edition Art Giclée Prints, signed and numbered by the artist on canvas or museum quality paper using archival inks.

Laura feels her inspiration comes from within from her heart and soul and usually contains some form of a candle and other shapes and colors illuminated by the energies of people around her.

Thus, the title of the exhibition: Bezieling: The Art Within Laura Meddens. Bezieling doesn’t have a direct translation into English – the closest would be ‘soulful inspiration’.

The setting also has sentimental significance for Laura, because she has fond memories of skating as a young girl , when she could see, on the frozen pond behind the main Estate House which is now a Boutique Hotel. The exhibition will held in the Carriage Hall on the Estate which is about a 45 minute drive south of Amsterdam in Leersum.

You can read more about the colorful history of Parc Broekhuizen, the plans for the Exhibition, and watch a video of RADIO M Utrecht’s interview with Laura, her friend Helen Papa, and Anita Bos, the General Manager of Hotel Parc Broekhuizen on our EXHIBITIONS Page.

Laura Meddens photographed by Helen Papa sitting at a table in Restaurant Voltaire in Hotel Parc Broekhuizen next to a window overlooking hte pond where she skated as a young girl in the winter.
Laura Meddens sits by a window in Michelin Starred Restaurant Voltaire in Hotel Parc Broekhuizen overlooking the pond where she skated as a young girl in the winter. Photo: Helen Papa.

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HELP A BLIND PAINTER EXHIBIT HER VISION AT GOFUNDME

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 3rd of February through the 31st of March, 2020.

Twitch.TV Personality MoseMajorMC and friends have have launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the costs of materials, staging logistics, transportation and promotional efforts:

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, go blind. 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. She is now attempting to make a self-sustainable career out of her natural gift, because she doesn’t receive a disability benefit. 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 to those who choose to contribute at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/laura-meddens

Bezieling At The Parc - Laura Meddens. Help a blind painter exhibit her vision. Go fund me link. Parc broekhuizen, Leersum NL

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RADIO M UTRECHT

Laura wishes to thank Conny and Robert Jan for their interest in her work; Anita Bos, the general Manager at Parc Broekhuizen for the opportunity to exhibit there and for her participation with Laura’s dear friend Helen Papa in the interview in the Carriage Hall at Parc Broekhuizen.

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AMAZON SORROW: Laura Meddens Supporting AmazonWatch.org and APIB.info

People have commented to Laura that her painting ‘Transcendence’ resembles an Amazon tribal chief in a full headdress, some even going as far as to suggest he is covering one eye with his hand because he can’t bear to witness the destruction of the rainforest, while his other eye remains open to stay vigilant to protect his people, their land and way of life. Another observer commented that it’s almost as though his open eye is imploring the observer to ‘do something’.

As news headlines spread around the world this past summer about more than 80,000 fires burning in the Amazon rainforest, Laura felt inspired to ‘do something’, by letting what people saw in the painting serve a higher purpose. So, she renamed it “AMAZON SORROW“and authorized the image to be used on commemorative items such as posters, T-Shirts, notebooks and smartphone covers to raise awareness about and funds for the work that AmazonWatch.org has been doing over the past 20 years in helping indigenous communities cope with the deforestation of the rainforest.

Laura also met the leaders of the indigenous organization APIB.info who were touring across Europe during October and November appealing to business and political leaders to stop their harmful trade practices that are negatively impacting countries that share the Amazon rainforest. Shortly after Laura presented the commemorative poster of Amazon Sorrow to APIB leader Sonia Guajajara during their stop in Amsterdam, (see photo below) news would break about the ambush of her cousin and the killing of another ‘Forest Guardian’ by illegal loggers in Brazil.

It brought sobering new purpose to the title “Amazon Sorrow” and APIB’s ‘Not one drop more of Indigenous blood’. Learn more about how you can contribute by buying an item and also be a part of this social media campaign that launched on the 14th of October, 2019 – Indigenous People’s Day – in the video tab and on the Amazon Sorrow page

Poster of "Amazon Sorrow". From the top down, text: #IshareAmazonSorrow followed by a print of the painting, then text of the title "AmazonSorrow: LauraMeddens.com supporting AmazonWatch.org and APIB.org shown with their logos. Poster donated by Re-Art.com.
Blind artist Laura Meddens shares "Amazon Sorrow" with Delegration. AmazonSorrow.com | AmazonWatch.org | APID.info. Image: Photo of Laura Meddens presenting Sonia Guajajara of the APIB Indigenous Leaders campaign across Europe with a copy of the Amazon Sorrow poster wrapped in plastic as both stand in the rain on Amsterdam's Dam Square.

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.

Amazon Sorrow poster in support of AmazonWatch.org.
A face starts to appear in the Amazon Sorrow poster.
The face of an Amazon tribal leader is now visible in the painting.
The face of Yube Huni Kuin wearing tribal headdress is now completely visible as part of the painting..

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Limited Editions. Image shows a closeup of the painting Amazon Sorrow of the area where people say they see the eye of a tribal chieftain.

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS AND CANVASES

While the majority of Laura Meddens’ original paintings are for sale, some that have special meaning for her will remain in the artist’s private collection.  However, Laura still wants people to be able to enjoy these works in their own homes, offices, studios or schools.

Therefore, she will, on occasion, offer limited-edition, museum-quality reproductions on archival paper and canvas. We present more information about the process further below as explained by our friends at Re-Art.com who are experts in the field.

Tango. Contemporary Abstract in a Classical form. Limited Edition Certified Art Giclee Prints 120 cm by 90 cm | 47.2 inches by 35.4 inches wide. Limited Corporate Special Edition 240 cm by 180 cm | 7.87 feet by 5.91 ft wide. Image shows a white framed TANGO which many people feel represents two people dancing a tango.

TANGO Limited Edition

We’ve placed a preview above of one of the first featured works – “TANGO” – that will be made available as a Limited Edition to both individual and Corporate collectors and Curators. More information on dates and pricing will be coming soon, so please visit us often for updates.

“TANGO” was scanned using the latest technology by Re-Art.com in the Netherlands which you can read about below, and you can watch a couple of their videos about the process in the next tab.

Giclée Prints

Giclée prints are high-quality reproductions of artworks. Re-Art delivers sustainable and professional reproductions in both large and small quantities.

Re-Art is known both nationally and internationally as an innovator in the field of fine art printing. We research and use the latest applications, which is combined with more than 25 years of experience in making traditional lithographs and art photographs.

We understand better than anyone that a reproduction must be of high quality, because it is essential for the image of an artist or museum. You are assured of this with giclée prints from Re-Art.

INCREASE SHELF LIFE WITH GICLEE PRINTS

With giclée prints you can rely on reproductions that are not inferior to the original and last a long time.

Sustainability can be as high as 300 years with our highly pigmented water-resistant Archival inks. Exposure in warm, humid or brightly lit rooms is no longer a problem.

Giclée is a contemporary printing medium that certainly meets the requirements set by artists, museums and art collectors.

Giclée Prints

Giclée prints zijn hoogwaardige reproducties van kunstwerken. Re-Art levert duurzame en professionele reproducties in zowel grote als kleine oplagen.

Zowel nationaal als internationaal staat Re-Art bekend als een innovator op het gebied van fine art printing. Wij onderzoeken en gebruiken namelijk de nieuwste toepassingen, wat gecombineerd wordt met ruim 25 jaar ervaring in het maken van traditionele litho’s en kunstfoto’s.

Wij begrijpen het als geen ander dat een reproductie van hoge kwaliteit moet zijn, omdat het essentieel is voor het imago van een kunstenaar of museum. Met giclée prints van Re-Art bent u hiervan verzekerd.

VERHOOG DE HOUDBAARHEID MET GICLEE PRINTS

Met giclée prints kunt u vertrouwen op reproducties die niet onder doen aan het origineel en daarbij lang meegaan.

De duurzaamheid kan met onze hoog-gepigmenteerde waterbestendige Archival inkten oplopen tot wel 300 jaar. Exposities in warme, vochtige of felverlichte ruimtes zijn hiermee niet langer een probleem.

Giclée is een eigentijd drukmedium die zeker voldoet aan de eisen die kunstenaars, musea en kunstverzamelaars stellen.

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The Art of Making Limited Editions

We’ve placed two videos below to give you more insight into the work of our friends at Re-Art.com and the professional care they take with every piece of an edition. The top video shows how they are innovating digitizing 3-D textured artworks, while the bottom video shows previous work they’ve done with other partners.

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Photo of Laura Meddens with her Seeing Eye Guide Dog Nugget with a canal and green trees in the background.

THIS WEEK: RADIO SIGNAAL INTERVIEW THURSDAY 05 DECEMBER @14:00

Laura will be appearing on the Radio Signaal program with Olga van den Berg and Raymond Arond, and you can listen live at this link.

UPDATE IN PROGRESS

We are in the process of updating the website, adding new HD scans of older and more recent works, and integrating content into our easy-to-navigate modules. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve your browsing experience.

In the meantime, here is news about Laura’s upcoming exhibition at Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum, NL.

BEZIELING AT THE PARC – The Art Within Laura Meddens

03 FEB – 31 MAR 2020

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 03 February through to 31 March, 2020.

Laura will be onsite on certain days to personally curate the collection. She will also provide information about the opportunity to purchase Limited Edition Art Giclée Prints, signed and numbered by the artist on canvas or museum quality paper using archival inks.

Laura feels her inspiration comes from within from her heart and soul and usually contains some form of a candle and other shapes and colors illuminated by the energies of people around her.

Thus, the title of the exhibition: Bezieling: The Art Within Laura Meddens. Bezieling doesn’t have a direct translation into English – the closest would be ‘soulful inspiration’.

The setting also has sentimental significance for Laura, because she has fond memories of skating as a young girl, when she could see, on the frozen pond behind the main Estate House which is now a Boutique Hotel. The exhibition will held in the Carriage Hall on the Estate which is about a 45 minute drive south of Amsterdam in Leersum.

You can read more about the colorful history of Parc Broekhuizen, the plans for the Exhibition, and watch a video of RADIO M Utrecht’s interview with Laura, her friend Helen Papa, and Anita Bos, the General Manager of Hotel Parc Broekhuizen on our EXHIBITIONS Page.

Blind painter Laura Meddens sits at a round table in Restaurant Voltaire with a view of the pond where she skated as a child in the winter.

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CHANGING PERSPECTIVES

We’re updating the website 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!

Major Tom. Some people see the figure of a spaceman wearing a helmet stranded in space, similar to Major Tom from David Bowie's Space Oddity.

Fleeting Moments

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.

Vluchtige Momenten

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.

Metamorphosis by Laura Meddens.
Cover of the book Siddhartha by Hermaan Hesse is set against the painting Metamorphosis by Laura Meddens.
Image of Siddhartha superimposed on the painting Metamorphosis.

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.
Laura

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

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A face starts to appear in the Amazon Sorrow poster.
The face of an Amazon tribal leader is now visible in the painting.

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Photo of Laura Meddens in the studio with Raymond Aronds on Radio Signaal Amsterdam.

RADIO SIGNAAL INTERVIEW THURSDAY 05 DECEMBER

Laura appeared on the Radio Signaal program with Olga van den Berg. (Laura pictured above in the Radio Signaal studio with Raymond Aronds in 2016) .You can hear an on-demand replay of the interview (in Dutch) at:

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Laura wishes to thank Conny and Robert Jan for their interest in her work; Anita Bos, the general Manager at Parc Broekhuizen for the opportunity to exhibit there and for her participation with Laura’s dear friend Helen Papa in the interview in the Carriage Hall at Parc Broekhuizen.

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IN DE SPOTLIGHT: beldeend kunstenaar Laura Meddens. Image: Photo of Laura Meddens painting with her fingers on a canvas on an easel.

In haar jeugd heeft beeldend kunstenaar Laura Meddens gestudeerd en veel gereisd, ook samen met haar ouders. In 1994 werd ze slechtziend en sinds 2007 is ze volledig blind. Er zijn maar weinig mensen in de wereld die schilderen en blind zijn, voor zover Laura weet elf om precies te zijn. “Als het beeld speciaal is wat ik doorkrijg, dan is het heel helder en kan ik het goed schilderen. Dat zijn de mooiste momenten.”

Ze heeft aardig wat meegemaakt en eigenlijk praat ze daar niet graag meer over. Het is een heel gebeuren, mijn verleden, maar ik kijk liever vooruit. Ze is heel veel keren geopereerd, maar is uiteindelijk volledig blind geworden. “Het is een behoorlijke impact. Het ergste vond ik dat ik geen boeken meer kon lezen en geen auto meer kon rijden, want daarmee verloor ik een groot deel van mijn vrijheid. Ik was blij met de dertig procent die ik eerst nog had. Dat is altijd mijn kracht geweest: blij zijn met wat je hebt, positief blijven. Sinds 2010 krijg ik bijzondere beelden door, daar geniet ik elke dag van. Maar sinds 2015 besteed ik daar meer aandacht aan. Zeker als ik nieuwe ervaringen heb, zoals laatst een middag zingen met vrouwen, krijg ik weer veel mooie beelden.”

“Ik sta elke dag op met beelden”

Behalve een blindengeleidehond en een smartphone met voice over, heeft ze verder geen aanpassingen gedaan. Ze heeft een atelier aan huis, kookt zelf en gaat met de taxi en trein op pad. En ze schildert. “Ik krijg kleurrijke beelden door waarin een kaars met een vlam te zien is op de achtergrond. Die kaars komt altijd naar voren. Ik sta elke dag op met beelden, dat verandert niet meer. Dat gaat de hele dag door. Soms zijn ze wat specialer en dan ga ik ze schilderen. Anders laat ik het rusten.”

Ik ben niet religieus, heb wel een bijna doodservaring gehad. Hierdoor ben ik het leven anders gaan bekijken. Ik ben niet meer bang voor de dood, totaal niet. Ik luister heel goed naar mijn intuïtie, niet alleen naar wat andere mensen mij vertellen. Zolang het leven met liefde te maken heeft, is het goed. Er zit zeker een boodschap in mijn schilderijen, maar dat is aan de kijker. Soms hebben mijn schilderijen een link met wat iets wat er gebeurt of speelt in de wereld. Ik vind het fijn als de kijker daar ook een beeld bij heeft.”

Van 03 februari tot en met 31 maart heeft Laura een tentoonstelling in Park Broekhuizen in Leersum. “De reacties op mijn tentoonstellingen tot nu toe zijn positief. Veel mensen vinden het verbazingwekkend dat ik schilder, dat is het vooral. Ze vinden het bijzonder, verrassend en dynamisch. Ik krijg echt leuke reacties.”

“Ik neem veel meer waar dan ik ooit heb waargenomen”

Ze is altijd geïnteresseerd geweest in het leven en hoe ons bewustzijn werkt. “Ik denk dat ik daardoor ook opensta voor dergelijke beelden. Ik wist niet dat een blinde zoveel kon waarnemen. Ik weet precies hoe iemand zich beweegt, puur door de energie die ik voel weet ik alles. Ik zie ook echt die beelden van de energie. Nu zie ik bijvoorbeeld ook groen, dat betekent voor mij liefde. Ik had altijd verwacht dat blind zijn zwartgallig zou zijn, maar in tegendeel. Ik neem veel meer waar dan ik ooit heb waargenomen.”

Naast de bijzondere beelden is er voor Laura niet veel veranderd. “Ik was al visueel ingesteld en ben dat nog steeds. Ik houd van architectuur en kunst maar ook van de natuur. Ik kan daar enorm van genieten. Maar nu sta ik op met beelden die ik gewoon cadeau krijg, wat elke dag weer anders is en wat vreugde geeft, maar dan van binnenuit.”

Ze wil graag lezingen en uitleg over haar schilderijen geven. “Ik ben uitgenodigd om naar Spanje te komen om daar te schilderen. En ook naar Amerika. Dat zijn bijzondere dingen. Ik blijf de vrijheid opzoeken en uitdagen, bijvoorbeeld door te reizen.”

In her youth, visual artist Laura Meddens studied and traveled extensively, also with her parents. She became visually impaired in 1994 and has been completely blind since 2007. Few people in the world paint and are blind, as far as Laura knows to be precise. “If the image is special to me, then it is very clear and I can paint it well. Those are the best moments. “

She has been through quite a bit and actually doesn’t like to talk about it anymore. It is a whole saga, my past, but I prefer to look ahead. She has undergone surgery many times, but eventually became completely blind. “It’s a considerable impact. The worst thing was that I could no longer read books and drive a car, because I lost a large part of my freedom. I was happy with the thirty percent I had before. That has always been my strength: being happy with what you have, staying positive. Since 2010 I have received special images, which I enjoy every day. But since 2015 I pay more attention to that. Especially when I have new experiences, such as an afternoon of singing with women, I get a lot of beautiful images again. ”

“I get up with images every day”

Apart from a guide dog and a smartphone with Voiceover, she has not made any further adjustments. She has a studio at home, cooks herself and sets off by taxi and train. And she paints. “I get colorful images in which a candle with a flame can be seen in the background. That candle always comes forward. I get up with images every day, that doesn’t change anymore. That goes on all day long. Sometimes they are a bit more special and then I start painting them. Otherwise I will leave it alone. “

I am not religious, but I have had a near-death experience. Because of this I started to see life differently. I am no longer afraid of death, not at all. I listen very carefully to my intuition, not just what other people tell me. As long as life has to do with love, it is good. There is certainly a message in my paintings, but that is up to the viewer. Sometimes my paintings have a link with something that is happening or playing out in the world. I like it if the viewer also has a picture of that. ”

From November 21 to December, Laura has an exhibition at Parc Broekhuizenin Leersum. “The reactions to my exhibitions so far have been positive. Many people think it is amazing that I paint, it is mainly that. They find it special, surprising and dynamic. I get really nice responses. ”

“I perceive much more than I have ever observed”

She has always been interested in life and how our consciousness works. “I think that’s why I’m open to such images. I didn’t know that a blind person could see so much. I know exactly how someone moves, I know everything by the energy I feel. I also really see those images of the energy. Now, for example, I also see green, which means love to me. I always expected being blind would be black, but on the contrary. I perceive much more than I have ever observed. “

In addition to the special images, not much has changed for Laura. “I was already visually inclined and still am. I love architecture and art but also nature. I can really enjoy that. But now I stand up with images that I just get as a gift, which is different every day and which gives joy, but from the inside. ”

She would like to give lectures and explanations about her paintings. “I have been invited to come to Spain to paint. And also to America. Those are special things. I keep looking for and challenging freedom, for example by traveling. “

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Tiger Moon.
Elsewhere. 4 piece work.
Metamorphosis
Blossom. White flower shapes with intricate black and gold markings on a red background.
Major Tom. This is the horizontal perspective of "Extreme Obligations". Some people see an astronaut with a helmet on sitting on an asteroid out in the blackness of space with shades of blue and white making up the asteroid.
New Scenes
Red Storm
Struggle
A Bridge To Yonder
New painting Balance which shows tringulated forms of green and white on one canvas intersection with yellow forms from a second canvas.
New work Blue Angel shows a blue form with multiple colors near the bottom in front of a pink background with tactile lines forming what appear to be wings.
The painting Guirlande by Laura Meddens.
Geisha looks like an silk fabric tapestry from the Far East with delicate branches with golden buds set against a red background.
Indian Summer features vibrant swoops and swirls of paint with orange and ivory and white flanking a diagonal section of violet and blue flowers.
Look Twice features tactile lines of paint outlines in which people see many faces, set against a white background.
Terra Nova looks like the Earth as though it was landing in the middle of an ocean somewhere.
Tranquility looks like a favorite part of a backyard garden with multiple colors of flowers and foliage.
Photo of Laura Meddens and her Seeing Eye guide dog Nugget walking into the sunset.

“I cannot see what I’m painting but do know what I want to express.”

“Ik kan niet zien wat ik schilder maar weet wel wat ik wil uitdrukken.”

Laura Meddens