Corona 2020. A golden sun resembling a coronavirus sits just above center against various shades of gray, white, black and deep pink are trapped behind vertical green vines as a metaphor for being in lockdown.

CORONA

A Painting Evoking The Emotions Of Self-Isolation

Laura sends her best wishes to everyone in these challenging times and hopes you, your loved ones, friends and colleagues have managed to come through it without being too severely impacted physically, emotionally or financially.

For those who have experienced the loss of someone dear because of COVID-19, Laura sends her heartfelt condolences.

Like everyone else, she adhered to the guidelines to keep safe from catching or spreading the virus, and it was equally important to make sure her mother was protected because she is in the high-risk age group. Not to mention, also keeping her SeeingEye® guide dog Nugget safe from potential infection.

Laura used the time productively, working on new paintings. It is not a regimented schedule, because she only paints when she has a visualization that inspires her. Then it’s a process of trying to capture it on canvas before it disappears.

That’s what makes her works one of a kind. Laura “sees” what no one else sees, as it is imagery that comes through her heart and soul.

One of her most recent works, to an observer,  appears to capture many elements of the current pandemic in an uncanny way. The imagery of the gold sun in a twilight sky, surrounded by darker elements, resembles the jagged circumference of the coronavirus and the vertical green vines that symbolized new growth also took on the analogous appearance of prison cell bars that reflect the universal feelings of imposed confinement around the world.

See if you interpret the same observations in this preview of “Corona”.

More information coming soon.
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Black Velvet. Painting by Laura Meddens utilizing black, silver and white lit by a camera flash.

BLACK VELVET

Monochrome Study Inspired By “TANGO”

People have always been drawn to the very first painting Laura completed, titled “Tango”. Her daughter was the first to actually see the results of Laura’s overnight labors, and said it looked like a man and a woman with a swirling dress dancing. And thus it’s title.

Laura has regularly been encouraged to produce another work using the monochrome color mix of silver, white and black that she applied to that first work.

But she doesn’t compose an image in her mind to paint. Laura takes her inspiration from the incredibly vivid visualizations that she believes come from her heart and soul and are in her “mind’s eye” sometimes from the moment she awakens and through to the end of the day.

Laura favors working on black canvasses because they enable her color choices to “pop” in a more vibrant way. She has worked with canvasses that are already dyed, but prefers to paint her own black backgrounds to produce a more textured result.

After she got to a point of completing the background, a friend advised her to stop and then took some photos of the work using a backlight as well as a flash from the front to see how different lighting would be a ‘partner’ of sorts in shaping the multi-dimensional effect that resulted from using the photo flash.

Laura wants to see what other effects might be possible if the painting is used to construct a light box. In the meantime she is considering releasing “Black Velvet” as a Limited Edition Art Giclée Print that captures the multi-dimensional moment in time. We’ll keep you posted on developments, and let us know if you’d be interested in acquiring a Limited Edition Print of this work via our Contact page.

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Amazon Sorrow. Fundraising poster shows what some people see as an Amazon tribal Chief wearing a colorful orange and yellow headdress. The painting's symbolism is explained in the following text.

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 how to contribute by buying an item and be a part of this 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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Tango. Pods of silver, white and grey come together to give the impression of t6wo people dancing a Tango.

TANGO

The Painting That Started It All

Laura Meddens had been experiencing remarkable and vivid visualizations in her “minds eye” since the death of her father Leo in January of 2010.

In 2015, she decided to start painting again in an effort to try and capture these amazing images on canvas. Laura felt a great inspiration through her heart and soul from the energies of people and the environment around her.

Because she can’t see the results of what she lays on the canvas, Laura gets impressions from other people.

In the case of the first painting that she finished, that feedback came from her daughter Gabrielle, who saw two people dancing and the sway of a dress, and a friend suggested what became the title, “TANGO”.

It is remarkable for its incredible detail and the understandable astonishment of wondering how a painter who can’t see imbues the imagery in such a way that the lighting highlight is all coming from the same direction?

Not to mention the shading of the different colors in such a way that they add a three-dimensional effect to the work and make it timeless in a way that one would be unable to assign it to a particular era if they didn’t know Laura is a contemporary artist.

This acrylic on canvas is 120 cm x 90 cm | 47.2″ x 35.4″. Because of its sentimental value, Laura will be keeping it in her private collection. However, admirers of this work will soon have an opportunity to acquire a Certified Art Giclée Limited Edition Print of TANGO on museum quality paper, signed by the Artist, from an HD scan of it. More details coming soon.

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Corona 2020. A golden sun resembling a coronavirus sits just above center against various shades of gray, white, black and deep pink are trapped behind vertical green vines as a metaphor for being in lockdown.
Black Velvet. Swirling layers of silver and white are illuminated from a camera flash and resemble lightning flashing within storm clouds.
Indian summer. Various shades of orange and gold resemble colorful bullrushes while the colors of lilac flowers intermingle with shades of blue and gold and coral.
Gender. Gold and violet swirling shapes frame an impression of someone sitting cross-legged and transitioning through various colored flowers.
Tango. Pods of silver, white and grey come together to give the impression of t6wo people dancing a Tango.
Genesis. Green fragments flow from the left into white and purple components on the right.
Geisha. Three dimensional gold, yellow and green components float though an Asian inspired tapestry of red.
Blossom. White and gold blossoms are set against a red background with blue and black pistils floating through them.
Red Storm. Churning layers of various shades of red , grey and blue give the impression of a storm soon Mars.
Swiirls of red white and blue resemble Christmas candy canes interspersed with various shapes in red, pink, green, blue and other colors.
Tiger Moon. Many people see a tiger's face and a moon and many faces and other shapes in this swirling column of various colors flanked by blue edges.
Absorb. A circular, transparent globe floats among a dynamic range of shapes and colors.

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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.

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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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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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Bezieling - The Inspired Art Within Laura Meddens. 05 February 2020 to 27 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  – The Inspired Art Within Laura Meddens

05 FEB – 27 MAR 2020

The Carriage Hall on the estate of Boutique Hotel Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum, NL is the setting for the current exhibition of paintings by Laura Meddens through to Friday, 27 March, 2020.

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 ‘inspiration from the soul’.

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 40 minute drive south of Amsterdam in Leersum.

You can hear more about the Exhibition in RADIO M Utrecht’s interview with Laura, her friend Helen Papa, and Anita Bos, the General Manager of Hotel Parc Broekhuizen in a subsequent TAB, and learn more about the colorful history of Parc Broekhuizenon our EXHIBITIONS Page.

You can also sample media coverage of Laura and the Exhibition by scrolling down to the MEDIA Tab Section on this page, and also in more detail on our MEDIA Page.

A map is provided below for directions to Parc Broekhuizen.

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. | Laura Meddens naast een raam dat uitkijkt op de vijver achter Parc Broekhuizen waar ze als jong meisje in de winter schaatste. (Fotocredit: Helen Papa)

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Bezieling - De kunst van binnenuit Laura Meddens. 05 februari tot 27 maart. Fotos: Tango, Parc Broekhuizen. Logos Parc Broekhuizen, LauraMeddens Fine Art and Limited Editions.

BEZIELING

DE KUNST VAN BINNENUIT LAURA MEDDENS

05 februari – 27 maart 2020

Als je vanaf een afstand naar de semi-abstracte schilderijen van Laura Meddens kijkt, en langzaam dichterbij komt, lijkt het alsof je in een andere dimensie stapt van kleuren, vormen en schaduwen. Soms denk je gezichten te zien, een andere keer dieren of planeten. Niets maakt haar gelukkiger dan van mensen te horen dat ze, wanneer ze haar schilderijen aandachtig bekijken, visuele ontdekkingen doen die heel persoonlijk zijn, en soms worden gedeeld met anderen.

Maar er is één ding waar iedereen zich over verbaast: dat de kunstenaar blind is.

Voor Laura Meddens is dat wat op het doek komt een momentopname van bijzondere beelden die ze waarneemt met de ogen van haar hart en haar ziel. Daarbij wordt ze gevoed door de energie van de natuur en van mensen uit haar omgeving. Bezieling – dat is het Nederlandse woord dat ze hier graag voor gebruikt.

Bezieling – dat is tevens de naam van haar komende tentoonstelling, van 5 februari tot 27 maart 2020 op een historische plaats, het koetshuis van Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum op de Utrechtse Heuvelrug.

Het al in 1408 aangelegde landgoed Parc Broekhuizen is voor Laura een bijzondere plek. Als jong meisje heeft ze veel geschaatst op het ijs van de pittoreske slootjes rondom het Kasteel, dat  in 1967 een rijksmonument is geworden.

Gedurende de tentoonstelling heeft u de mogelijkheid Laura te ontmoeten, en haar schilderijen te bekijken.

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. | Laura Meddens naast een raam dat uitkijkt op de vijver achter Parc Broekhuizen waar ze als jong meisje in de winter schaatste. (Fotocredit: Helen Papa)

Fotos voor media:

Parc Broekhuizen Koetshuis.
Koetshuis. Credit: Parc Broekhuizen
Laura Meddens. See caption.
Laura Meddens naast een raam dat uitkijkt op de vijver achter Parc Broekhuizen waar ze als jong meisje in de winter schaatste. (Fotocredit: Helen Papa)
Zwart-wit studie van Laura Meddens. Foto credit: Helen Papa
Zwart-wit studie van Laura Meddens. Foto credit: Helen Papa
Mosaic of paintings by Laura Meddens.
Mozaïek van schilderijen van Laura Meddens.

Meer foto’s zijn op aanvraag beschikbaar via onze Contactpagina.

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Photo of Laura Meddens standing in front of a historical ink drawing of the Amstelkerk. Text reads: The Art Of Laura Meddens. Solo exhibition at the historic Amstelkerk. 23 NOvember 2017 - 3 January 2018 Amsterdam.
.Laura Meddens painting 'Trio' is the backdrop for this poster which reads Amstelkerk, Meddens, 23 November - 03 January.
Montage of paintings by Laura Meddens with the text Meddens, Amstelkerk, 23 November, 2017 to 03 January, 2018, www.LauraMeddens.com
New unnamed work with the text Amstelkerk, Meddens, 23 November to 03 January.

MEDDENS @ AMSTELKERK

YOUR INVITATION

Despite the fact that, since 2007, she no longer sees, Laura Meddens is full of inspiration from the visualizations she has in her mind.

The images Laura sees for herself are dynamic and constantly developing. Instinctively, she catches these impressions and paints them directly with her fingers on a large canvas.

In the interim, she has painted over 40 canvasses and you are invited to come and see them at the historic Amstelkerk.

Laura will be in the church regularly throughout the exhibition to work on her new canvasses. If you’d like to meet her or have a personal tour of her works, she would be happy to do this. And that’s partly because a large part of the joy Laura experiences with her art has to do with the responses and feedback from people who view her works. A phone call or email is enough to make an appointment.

The exhibition runs from 23 November, 2017 through 3 January, 2018. A portion of the proceeds from each painting sold will support StadHerstel’s restoration of heritage buildings.

For more information: www.stadsherstel.nl and www.Laurameddens.com  

For appointments: info@LauraMeddens.com | +31 61 46 96 853

MEDDENS @ AMSTELKERK

JOUW UITNODIGING

Ondanks het feit dat ze sinds 2007 niets meer ziet, schildert Laura Meddens vol inspiratie de visualisaties die ze in haar gedachten heeft.

De beelden die Laura voor zich ziet, zijn dynamisch en ontwikkelen zich nog continu. Instinctief vangt ze impressies en schildert deze direct met haar vingers op een groot canvas.

Inmiddels heeft ze  meer dan 40 doeken geschilderd en jullie zijn van harte welkom om die te komen bekijken in het historische Amstelkerk.

Laura zal regelmatig in de kerk zijn om aan haar volgende doeken te werken. Mocht u haar willen treffen of een persoonlijke rondleiding van haar willen, dan doet zij dit graag. Mede omdat een groot gedeelte van de vreugde die zij beleeft aan haar kunst te maken heeft met de reacties en feedback van de mensen die haar werk zien. Een telefoontje of e-mail is genoeg voor een afspraak.

De expositie is te bezoeken vanaf 23 november 2017 tot 3 januari 2018. Een deel van de opbrengst van elk verkocht schilderij ondersteunt Stadshersteels restauratie van erfgoedgebouwen.

Voor nadere informatie : www.stadsherstel.nl en www.Laurameddens.com

Voor afspraken: info@LauraMeddens.com | +31 61 46 96 853

Laura Meddens Exhibition at the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam until January 3rd, 2018.
Jan Vayne. Inspired by the Art of Laura Meddens. Art To Art. 18 December 20:00 Amstelkerk.

SPECIAL CONCERT: JAN VAYNE ART TO ART

Op 18 december 2017 organiseert de Amstelkerk een uniek concert van de Nederlandse klassieke pianist Jan Vayne.

Hij laat zich inspireren door de kunstwerken die momenteel getoond worden; een tentoonstelling van grote, levendige werken van de kunstenares Laura Meddens.

Deuren zijn geopend van 19.00 – 23.00 uur. Het concert begint om 20.00 uur. Voor en na het concert is er gelegenheid om de expositie te bezoeken onder het genot van een drankje. Tickets a € 22.50 (+BTW/fees) @ stadsherstel.nl of 1 uur voor het concert @ Amstelkerk.

On 18 December 2017 the Amstelkerk is hosting a unique concert by the Dutch classical pianist Jan Vayne.

What makes this concert unique is that Jan will be taking his inspiration from the artworks currently on display there – an exhibition of large, vibrant works by the painter Laura Meddens.

Doors open from 7 – 11 PM. The concert begins at 8 PM. Before and after the concert, you’ll be able to take-in the exhiibition to see what inspiration you discover in the paintings, and you can also meet Laura to discuss them. Your ticket includes one complimentary beverage.

Tickets are € 22.50 (+BTW/fees). Available online@ stadsherstel.nl or 1 hour before the concert @ Amstelkerk.

Article about Laura Meddens on the AT5 website. Embedded version of Dutch text coming soon.

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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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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 der 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 der 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”.

 

In the next TAB, you can find information on the article the magazine Vruchtbare Aarde (Fertile Earth) did about Laura and her artwork.

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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.”

The latest edition of the magazine is now on newsstands and available to order online.

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

In the next TAB, you can listen to Laura’s interview with Radio Signaal Amsterdam.

Screengrab of preview of article about Laura Meddens in Dutch magazine Vruchtbare Aarde (Fertile Earth). Text is translated into English in adjoining column.

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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:

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

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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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Nieuws.nl website Top-Banner link .
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

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 – 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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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

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.
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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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.

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