Exterior photo of the new Rechtbank (District Law Courts building) in Amsterdam.

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Rechtbank Amsterdam

Now through Wednesday June 15 | Parnassusweg 280, 1076 AV Amsterdam, Netherlands

Laura had been looking forward to her upcoming exhibition at the new Rechtbank (District Court) building in Amsterdam. Her son Michael, daughter Gabrielle and several close friends were determined to honor her memory by rallying together to forge ahead with the exhibition in this beautiful building.

Laura felt very honored to be offered the opportunity to display her paintings in such a prestigious setting, and we’re also grateful to be able to fulfill that opportunity as a tribute to her thanks to the gracious invitation of Mr. T.M.A. (Tjaard) van Löben Sels, Kantonrechter and Chairman of the Art Committee of the Amsterdam District Court.

We’ll be adding more photos and information about the exhibition and the building, so please check back for that  and directions to the Rechtbank. The photos in this tab have been taken by Laura’s dear friend Helen Papa Hoitsma.

Interior photo of the Rechtbank Amsterdam showing paintings by Laura Meddens displayed on two floors with escalators in the foreground of the open atrium.

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THE BUILDING

Rechtbank Amsterdam | Amsterdam Courthouse

From KAAN Architechten

Located in the up-and-coming Zuidas district, the new Amsterdam Courthouse exudes approachable authority as a stately yet inviting institution for public discourse.

A vast square in front of the 50-meter-high building offers an unobstructed view to the lower floor dedicated to the public area through large windows. Visitors are welcomed into the ground floor central foyer, equipped with reception desks and a cafeteria.

Rising upward, the courtrooms unfold, surrounded by spacious foyers. The highest floors are connected through a grand circular staircase, giving way to offices and judges’ chambers set around green indoor and outdoor courtyards. Meanwhile, the detention cell area for the defendants is located under the building with separate pick-up and drop-off ramps.

The Courthouse is horizontally divided into 3 greater sections to facilitate the separation of its functions and efficient circulation of employees, judges and visitors within its structure. As the public makes its way up from the entrance square, the lawyers and judges trickle down from their chambers at the crown of the building.

Most open and public areas feature large openings on the lower floors, directly connected to the public square, and get progressively smaller and tailored from collective to individual scale as the nature of work becomes more confidential and private.

Building side view schematic and model photo courtesy KAAN Architechten.

Side view floorpan drawing of the Rechtbank Amsterdam.
Photo shows a dinger pointing to a scale model of the Rechtbank's two cubes fused into one.
Aerial view of the rear side of the Rechtbank, Amsterdam.
Photo: KAAN Architechten / Fernando Guerra FG +SG

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A DEVASTATING LOSS

In the early afternoon of Monday, March 7, after failing to respond to repeated phone calls, an EMT crew and police discovered Laura Meddens had passed away in her home overnight. She was 55 years old.

Following a lengthy and thorough investigation, detectives and the medical examiner said Laura likely died of cardiac arrest in which the heart simply stops.

For her family and many friends, it was a sudden, shocking, and devastating loss . . . the kind that truly breaks your heart with incredibly profound sorrow. Laura’s family wishes to thank all the First Responders, police and medical personnel for their professionalism and due diligence, as well as family members, friends and social media buddies for their gracious support, kind words and memories of Laura.

One of the most moving comments on Facebook was from Sabine Prinz who commented on the video opening the funeral service: “A beautiful tribute to Laura Meddens, she was always a role model for me and my blind son with her pictures. My heartfelt condolences to her family.” A heartfelt thank you to Sabine and everyone who posted.

"Eerst zien dan geloven"
Laura Nicole Meddens Curaçao 10 juni 1966 - Amsterdam 7 maart 2022. Leersum: Beatrice Meddens van Aarsen, Leo Meddens; Amsterdam: Michael de Haseth en Louwrine Giskes, Gabrielle de Haseth. Heteren: Myriam Meddens van de Lagemaat, Arjan van de Lagemaat, Nugget. Paw print.
Er is gelegenheid om de kist te begeleiden naar het graf en afscheid te namen van Laura op 22 mart 2022 om 15:00 uur bij De Nieuwe Ooster, Kruislaan 126,1097 GA te Amsterdam. De plechtigheid is ook online to volgen via onderstaande link vanaf 14:15 uur CET.
Stillscreen from streaming video of the funeral service for Laura Meddens. The coffin lays on a light colored rounded stone slab in front of tall doors open to outside, flanked by iron candle stands draped and flanked by flowers. A TV screen shows Laura riding in a canal boat with her guide dog Nugget, who lays on the floor near the speakers lectern on the left. Curved rows of seats to the rear of the frame contain family members and friends.

A FAREWELL TO LAURA

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Family and friends gathered at the Nieuwe Ooster cemetery in Amsterdam to bid farewell to our beloved Laura.

The service was streamed live online for those who wished to attend from a distance. A recording has been made, and once photos are added that couldn’t be shown at the service because of a technical issue, we will post an amended copy.

In the meantime, you can click on the photo above to go to the recording of the service. Be sure to click the speaker icon to turn the sound on and you can click on the arrows to expand the view to full screen.

Correspondence address:
Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 1A, 1011 LM Amsterdam, The Netherlands

DE NIEUWE OOSTER

Amsterdam

Following the service, members of the public were invited to join the procession to accompany the coffin to Laura’s gravesite to pay their respects and say goodbye at De Nieuwe Ooster, Kruislaan 126, 1097 GA, Amsterdam.

Laura’s family wishes to thank everyone for their gracious and comforting messages of condolence and memories of Laura at this very sorrowful time. They also thank everyone for the contributions of the beautiful fragrant and colorful flowers that adorn her final resting place, as seen in the photo below taken by her dear friend Prof. L.A. (Leo) Klein Haneveld). You can click on the map photos below to see a larger view (on desktop and laptop screens) of the directions to her gravesite 58-2-0300.

In the numerology Laura often loved to compute, the numbers add up to 9, a complete and divine eternity number often ascribed to artists, musicians and poets. She would like that.

Photo of Laura Meddens gravesite taken from a distance showing a carpet of flowers on it illuminated in the warmth of late afternoon sunlight surrounded by green grass, bushes and tree in De Nieuwe Oost cemetery in Amsterdam.
Aerial view of De Nieuwe Ooster Cemetery in Amsterdam
Closer aerial view of De Nieuwe Ooster Cemetery in Amsterdam
Detailed map of Laura's grave number 58-2-0300
Photo of Laura Meddens and her Seeing Eye guide dog Nugget standing in a park with a hedge and green and gold leafed trees behind them.
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 please email info@LauraMeddens.com .

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, emailen info@LauraMeddens.com .

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Cover page to profile of Laura Meddens in the Dutch language Newspaper Krant van der Aarde - Newspaper of the Earth. Laura sits beside one of her paintings.

Zien doe je niet alleen met je ogen

Tekst: Frans van der Beek, Foto’s: Laura Meddens

De kunstwerken van Laura Meddens zijn een feest voor het oog. Sprankelende kleuren, verassende composities en een uitnodiging om je eigen fantasie er op los te laten. Haar doeken hebben een magische uitwerking op de toeschouwer. Laura kan zelf niet zien wat ze maakt.

Ze is blind.

 

Een gesprek met Laura Meddens in haar appartement op IJburg is ook een spirituele belevenis. Wie niet kan zien, hoort en voelt wat anderen ontgaat. Het gevoelsleven van de blinde kunstenares heeft zich door haar handicap ontwikkeld naar liefde en compassie. Dat heeft deels te maken met haar afhankelijkheid van anderen, maar Laura leeft en voelt vanuit haar hart. Voor een kunstenares is dat een pluspunt. Kunst gaat immers om emotie en expressie.  Zo gaat het haar bijvoorbeeld aan haar hart dat de Amazone wordt geplunderd door intensieve bomenkap en brandstichting. Immers, het zijn de longen van de aarde.  Op het werk ëAmazon Sorrowí kijkt in het midden een oog je indringend en waakzaam aan als onderdeel van een kleurrijke hoofdtooi van een stamhoofd. Het andere oog is bedekt door het zwart van de dreigende ondergang.

Van dit werk is een poster gemaakt die Laura tijdens een manifestatie op de Dam in Amsterdam overhandigde aan een groep inheemse leiders als steunbetuiging voor de gemeenschappen die in het regenwoud leven. Een hart onder de riem van een onderdrukt volk.

Kaars in kleur

Laura had tot haar 27ste licht in haar ogen. Ze kon studeren, autorijden en gaan en staan waar ze wilde. Nadien werd ze slechtziend en sinds 2007 is ze blind. Dat zou menigeen deprimeren maar dat geldt niet voor Laura. Ze vertelt opgewekt over haar techniek en de inspiratie die ze ontvangt en waarvan ze het resultaat op haar doeken toont. Als je niet kunt zien wat je maakt, lijkt het onmogelijk enige structuur aan te brengen. Dat geldt niet voor Laura.

“Ik schilder intuítief. Ik zie beelden die anderen niet zien. Als ik iemand ontmoet kan ik me via mijn oren een vrij accurate indruk van die persoon vormen. Dat vertaalt zich ook in kleur. Er verschijnt dan een kaars met een bepaalde kleur die me laat weten met wie ik te maken heb.”

Zien doe je dus niet alleen met je ogen, maar ook met hart en ziel. Van daaruit schept ze de beelden die haar informeren. En zelfs meer dan dat. Toen haar vader overleed zag ze hem bij de uitvaart voor de kist staan en herkende ook zijn kleding. Ze ontvangt boodschappen van hem als steun bij haar beperking, al is beperking eigenlijk een verkeerd woord, want juist door het gebrek aan gezichtsvermogen openen zich nieuwe dimensies aan beleving. “Ik heb een bijna dood ervaring gehad,” vertelt ze. “Toen ik daaruit ontwaakte had ik opeens toegang tot de taal van mijn hart en de ziel.”

Seeing is not only done with your eyes

Text: Frans van der Beek, Photos: Laura Meddens

The artworks of Laura Meddens are a feast for the eye. Sparkling colors, surprising compositions and an invitation to let your own imagination run wild. Her canvases have a magical effect on the viewer. Laura can’t see what she’s making herself.

She is blind.

 

A conversation with Laura Meddens in her apartment on IJburg is also a spiritual experience. Those who cannot see, hear and feel what others miss. The emotional life of the blind artist has developed into love and compassion because of her handicap. This has partly to do with her dependence on others, but Laura lives and feels from her heart. For an artist that is a plus. After all, art is about emotion and expression.  For example, it is in her heart that the Amazon is plundered by intensive tree-cutting and arson. After all, they are the lungs of the earth.  In the work Amazon Sorrow an eye in the middle looks at you penetratingly and vigilantly as part of a colorful headdress of a chief. The other eye is covered by the black of the impending downfall.

A poster was made of this work, which Laura presented to a group of indigenous leaders during a manifestation on Dam Square in Amsterdam as an expression of support for the communities living in the rainforest. A heart under the belt of an oppressed people

Candle in color

Laura had light in her eyes until she was 27 years old. She could study, drive and go wherever she wanted. After that she became partially sighted and since 2007 she is blind. That would depress many people, but not Laura. She talks cheerfully about her technique and the inspiration she receives and of which she shows the result on her canvases. If you can’t see what you’re making, it seems impossible to apply any structure. That does not apply to Laura.

“I paint intuitively. I see images that others don’t see. When I meet someone I can form a fairly accurate impression of that person through my ears. That also translates into color. A candle with a certain color then appears which lets me know who I am dealing with”.

So you don’t only see with your eyes, but also with your heart and soul. From there she creates the images that inform her. And even more than that. When her father died she saw him standing in front of the coffin at the funeral and also recognized his clothes. She receives messages from him as support for her limitation, although limitation is actually the wrong word, because it is precisely because of the lack of eyesight that new dimensions of perception open up. “I have had a near-death experience,” she says. “When I woke up from that, I suddenly had access to the language of my heart and soul.”

Amazon Sorrow Art Print shows the painting by Laura Meddens that evokes the look of an Amazon tribal Chief wearing a colorful orange and yellow headdress who covers one eye because he can't bear to witness the destruction of the rainforest, while his other eye remains vigilant to protect his people and their land.
Tango. Pods of silver, white and grey come together to give the impression of t6wo people dancing a Tango.

Tango

Als kind schilderde ze, zij het in een realistische stijl en ontwierp ze tropenkleding. Ze is geboren in Curaçao, groeide op in Engeland en verhuisde naar Nederland waar ze ging pottenbakken omdat haar zicht al verminderde. Dat moest ze opgeven omdat de Hollandse kou haar handen verkrampte.

Van schilderen kwam ook niets meer totdat ze in een winkel weer eens canvas voelde en enkele doeken kocht onder het mom “je weet maar nooit”.

Nu weten we dit het begin was van een compleet nieuwe carriére als kunstenares.

Haar eerste doek noemde ze “Tango”. Op een zwart vlak lijken witte wolkjes en vegen te bewegen. Haar dochter vroeg: !Wie heeft dat gemaakt?! Haar moeder dus. Dochterlief zag er een paar in dat de tango danst. Dat bleek de aansporing om de lege doeken te vullen met wat haar vingers, sponsjes en penselen aanbrengen. Ze voelt met haar handen wat ze maakt. Hoe ze haar kleuren kiest? “Ik heb drie rekken met 21 kleuren. Ik kan uit mijn hoofd vinden welke kleur ik zoek. Dan begint het schilderen. Wat het voorstelt verneemt ze van mensen die er naar kijken en de compositie interpreteren. ìIk vind het fijn om te horen wat anderen er in ontdekken. Sommigen zien er een boodschap in, anderen worden er vrolijk van of maken een eigen voorstelling.”

Vrijheid

De vuurdoop vond plaats in 2017 toen er in de Amsterdamse Amstelkerk een expositie werd gehouden met 27 werken. Het aantal dat correspondeert met de leeftijd waarop haar gezichtsvermogen drastisch begon af te nemen. Vrienden halen haar graag uit haar isolement en nemen haar mee voor autoritjes. Daar geniet ze van omdat autorijden een van haar geliefde activiteiten was om van vrijheid te kunnen genieten. Dat is eigenlijk het enige wat ze betreurt: de gijzeling van haar bewegingsvrijheid. Met haar positieve instelling en innerlijke ervaringen compenseert ze het gemis aan zicht. Een vorm van geestelijke rijkdom. En laten we haar trouwe hond Nugget niet vergeten die haar begeleidt waarheen ze gaat.

Wie wil weten wat Laura Meddens creëert kijkt naar haar levenslustige filmpjes op YouTube of gaat naar haar websitewww.laurameddens.com.

Tango

As a child she painted, albeit in a realistic style, and designed tropical clothes. She was born in Curaçao, grew up in England and moved to the Netherlands where she started pottery because her sight was already reduced. She had to give up because the Dutch cold cramped her hands.

Nothing came of painting until she felt canvas again in a store and bought some canvases under the guise “you never know”.

Now we know this was the beginning of a completely new career as an artist.

Her first canvas she called “Tango”. On a black surface white clouds and smudges seem to move. Her daughter asked: “Who made that?”Her mother! Her sweet daughter saw a couple dancing the tango. That turned out to be the encouragement to fill the empty cloths with some of her fingers, sponges and brushes. With her hands she feels what she is making. How does she choose her colors? “I have three racks of 21 colors. I can figure out which color I’m looking for by heart”. Then the painting starts. What it represents she learns from people who look at it and interpret the composition. “I like to hear what others discover in it. Some see a message in it, others become happy or see their own images”.

Freedom

The baptism of fire took place in 2017 when an exhibition of 27 works was held in the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam. The number corresponding to the age at which her eyesight began to diminish drastically. Friends like to take her out of her isolation and take her for car rides. She enjoys that because driving a car was one of her favourite activities to enjoy freedom. That is actually the only thing she regrets: the taking hostage of her freedom of movement. With her positive attitude and inner experiences she compensates for the lack of sight. A form of spiritual richness. And let’s not forget her faithful dog Nugget who accompanies her where she goes.

If you want to know what Laura Meddens creates, you can watch her videos on YouTube or go to her website www.laurameddens.com.

Photo: Lloyd Davies

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Poster reads: Eerst zien, dan geloven | First see, then believe. Een film door | A film by Britt Engel and Juul Schopping. Film frame shows an upturned hand of painter Laura Meddens willed with different colored paint, while the other hands swipes colors onto a canvas.

DOCUMENTARY | DOCUMENTAIRE

A new film about Laura Meddens | Een nieuwe film over Laura Meddens

Eerst zien, dan geloven | Seeing is believing

a film by | een film door

Britt Engel & Juul Schöpping

Studio K Premiere of the documentary about Laura Meddens. Photo montage shows the exterior of Studio K and inside the theater, while another photo shows Laura with filmmakers Juul Schopping and Britt Engel with Laura's Seeing Eye guide dog Nugget.
Helen Hoitsma photo of (L-R) Laura Meddens, Britt Engel, Juul Schöpping, and Nugget. Google photos of Studio K.

Premiere: ‘Eerst zien dan geloven’ | ‘Seeing is believing’

A rainy day in Amsterdam didn’t dampen the spirits of everyone attending the premiere of a new documentary about Laura Meddens.

A ‘full-house’ invited audience attended the event at Amsterdam art cinema Studio K on Sunday, September 6, 2020.

They learned about Laura’s journey into blindness and her discovery of a new form of vision that led her to take up painting again, only this time the inspiration was coming from within.

Filmmakers Britt Engel and Juul Schöpping captured the story of that journey as part of a behind-the-scenes look at preparation for Laura’s latest solo exhibition of her paintings at the Parc Broekhuizen Estate in Leersum. She was the first artist to be invited to exhibit her works in the Carriage House on the estate of what is now a Boutique Hotel.

Laura, Britt and Juul wish to thank everyone who supported this effort and who attended the premiere and extend their thanks to the great staff of Studio K.

A subsequent showing took place under better weather at FilmCafé in Utrecht on the evening of Saturday, September 12. More photos of the event coming soon.

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

RADIO SIGNAAL

De kunst vanuit het hart en de ziel | The art from the heart and the soul

Kunstenaar Laura Meddens was eerder te gast bij Radio Signaal. Nu is zij onze zomergast. Zij ziet sinds 2007 niets meer. Laura vertelt over haar leven, haar kunstenaarschap, haar visie op schilderkunst, over hoe zij te werk gaat, haar succes en over haar betrokkenheid bij het Amazonegebied

Artist Laura Meddens was a guest at Radio Signaal earlier. Now she’s our summer guest. She hasn’t seen anything since 2007 Laura talks about her life, her artistry, her vision of painting, about how she works, her success and her involvement in the Amazon area.

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Screengrab of Facebook post from The Art of Laura Meddens. New Article. Photo of Laura Meddens sitting beside her painting "Forest" which looks a bit like an aerial photo of a forest area with segments of sand and black colored areas. Link to Krantvanaarde.nl and the headline "Laura Meddens schildert zonder zicht | Krant van der Aarde - Laura Meddens paints without sight | Newspaper of the Earth.

Krant van de Aarde | Newspaper of the Earth

Laura Meddens schildert zonder zicht | Laura Meddens paints without sight

Laura is happy to let you know about a new article that’s been written about her in the Dutch language newspaper Krant van de Aarde.

It’s a lovely article written by Frans van der Beek in the current issue that’s available on newsstands and also online at the first link in this article.

The painting featured in the Facebook module that follows, and as part of the article, is titled “Forest”, and was one of the many paintings featured in her solo exhibition at Parc Broekhuizen.

We hope to have an English translation of the article soon, but, in the meantime, invite all our Dutch-speaking visitors to purchase a copy at their local newsstand or order online to help support the newspaper’s efforts in these uncertain times. We hope you enjoy it.

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Laura Meddens on 90 in de REGIO

On Monday, February 17th, 2020 Laura was interviewed live on the current affairs radio program “90 in de REGIO” on 90FM in Leersum.

The interview begins about 15 minutes into the second hour of the program which you can find embedded in the right column. Laura thanks Jan Stroomberg and the rest of the team for the opportunity to appear on the program.

In the next TAB, you can find information on the article the newspaper Nieuwsblad De Kaap did about Laura and her artwork.

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Screengrab of article at Nieuwsblad De Kaap about Laura Meddens and her exhibition at Parc Broekhuizen. Link to the full article text online by clicking on this photo.

Article about Laura Meddens at Nieuwsblad De Kaap:

Blinde kunstenares exposeert op Broekhuizen

LEERSUM In het Koetshuis van Parc Broekhuizen is tot 27 maart de expositie ‘Bezieling’ te zien van de blinde schilder Laura Meddens. ‘De kunst van binnenuit’ is het thema van deze expositie. Zeventien semi-abstracte schilderijen zijn er te zien die tezamen een goed beeld geven van het werk van Meddens.

LEERSUM Until 27 March, the Coach House of Parc Broekhuizen displays the exhibition ‘Inspiration Within’ by the blind painter Laura Meddens. ‘The art from within’ is the theme of this exhibition. Seventeen semi-abstract paintings can be seen that together give a good impression of the work of Meddens.

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Laura Meddens provides a tour of her paintings at Parc Broekhuizen.
Dutch Artist Laura Meddens provides Hubert van Zanten with a tour of her exhibition “Bezieling” at Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum. Here, she is providing details about her painting “Geisha”.

 

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Banner from Dutch magazine Vruchtbare Aarde for their winternummer 4 edition showing a dark bird on a bare tree branch in the foreground with a winter scene in the background. Translated Dutch text reads: An old legend as a mirror of our time.

Article about Laura Meddens in magazine Vruchtbare Aarde (Fertile Earth)

Amsterdam artist Laura Meddens is profiled in the Winter Number 4 edition of the magazine Vruchtbare Aarde (Fertile Earth) which presents two previews in the newsletter section of its website:

Amazon Sorrow

The paintings of Laura Meddens (1)

A friend saw in it the image of an Amazon tribal chief – keeping his left eye covered because he cannot bear to witness the destruction of the rainforest. His other eye remains vigilant – to protect his people. A poster has been made of the painting that the maker herself handed over to a representative of indigenous leaders during a demonstration.

Images from the heart

The paintings of Laura Meddens (2)

When she lost her sight, Laura Meddens thought that her painting would be over. But she picked up the thread again. “I used to think that a blind person could see nothing, but inside I see the most colorful images.” Beethoven continued composing when he became deaf, with the help of his inner ear. “I recognize that feeling – now that I no longer see, I feel that I am even making my best pieces.”

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Laura wishes to thank Bart Hommersen and Simone Thomasse for their interest in her paintings.

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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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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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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 05 februari tot en met 31 maart, 2020 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 February 5th to March 31st, 2020, 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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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 appeared on the Radio Signaal program with Olga van den Berg. You can hear an on-demand replay of the interview (in Dutch) at:

http://www.salto.nl/programma/radio-signaal

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

BEZIELING – The Art Within Laura Meddens

05 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 05 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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Art Imitating Life or Life Imitating Art?

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 Gender 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 Gender 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

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.

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“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