Short bio

I, Sabine Bolk (1984), have been an artist since 2007. I studied at the Art Academy St. Joost in Breda (NL) and live now in Utrecht (NL). In the years after my graduation my work has developed from paintings on paper to temporary installations with wallpaper or organic floor carpets.
My work is mostly made for and on location with emphasis on the temporary state of things and inspired by patterns.
In 2008 I received a grant from the Fonds BKVB (now Mondriaan Fonds) to explore the art of Batik and to find out how to give more meaning to the patterns I used. Since then my work developed into two directions, one is about communicating with patterns, the other about how to explore the temporary state of things with a special interest in sustainability. The two most times overlap, the main thing in my work at the moment is that it is on location and therefor an experience.
Since 2009 I write a blog De reis naar Batik, which started out as a travel-blog, now I write about Batik, Dutch (colonial) history, folk-art, Temporary Art and much more. Things that inspire me in making and creating new work. For every new work I try to learn as much as possible about the location, the history of the location or a theme I like to explore. Everything I learn I try to show in my work, sometimes it becomes a project, sometimes it is captured in one work or performance.

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Solo exhibitions

2016

4/10 – 9/10 Made a temporary carpet using Natural Dye and other organic materials during the Batik Week at Museum Batik Pekalongan (Java, ID)
13/2 Presentation during ‘Reclaim the Seeds’ of ‘Hill of beans’ in Wageningen

2015

27/9 End project ‘Hill of beans’ during the Harvest Fest at Kapeltuin Breda
14/6 Work in progress ‘Hill of beans’ at Kapeltuin Breda during Kunstroute Haagse Beemden

2014

19/7 – 20/7 “Practices of Sustainability, Étude #1 en Étude #2”, temporary installation in the public space, Victoria park and Blackfriars Bridge in London (UK), by curator Vanessa Saraceno
2013

28/9 ‘Rice-table-carpet’ during Tussen Kunst & Kitchen, Kunstnacht Den Bosch (NL)
3/3 – 29/3 ‘Butterflies and other garden animals’, solo exhibition with activities at Buurtsalon Linie, Breda (NL)

2012

17/6 ‘Ricecarpet for tropical birds’ of Taman Indonesia in Kallenkote (NL)

2010

27/10 & 28/10 ‘Ricecarpet for Vincent van Gogh’ in the garden of his birth house, VanGoghHuis in Zundert (NL)

2009

23/1 “Pattern-Pattern-Pattern-Pattern” performance during ‘Slapeloze nacht Vanuit bed’ in Café het Hijgend Hert, Breda (NL)

2008

1/11 – 17/11 ‘Tour des poulets’, solo exhibition at the StadsGalerij Breda (NL)
20/9 “Disappear” exhibition ‘Tour des poulets’, solo at KipVis in Middelburg (NL)
7/7 – 20/9 Artist residence at KipVis in Middelburg (NL)
14/2 – 14/3 Installation ‘What Mei Come?’ at Central Station Breda (NL)

2007

2/9 Living room-route Expeditie Belcrum. Ricecarpet and photos, Breda (NL)

 

Collaborations

 

2016

17/7 Third and last quest for the Large Chequered Skipper in collaboration with Spiegelhol

2015

21/7 ‘Spiegelhol2015Opstap op onderzoek naar het Spiegeldikkopje’ with Spiegelhol, walk in search of a butterfly
28/1 Rangoli carpet, small temporary carpet at the Cityplot stand at Reclaim the Seeds, Driebergen (NL)

2014

27/7 ‘Spiegelhol2014Opstap op onderzoek naar het Spiegeldikkopje’ with Spiegelhol, walk in search of a butterfly

2012

30/9 Second forest exhibition with artist Emmy Dijkstra at Koekoek in Etten-Leur (NL)
13/7 Ricecarpet-soundscape with electronic musician Husc
8/4 Forrest exhibition with artist Emmy Dijkstra in Enschede (NL)

2011

15/4 ‘Dance in a ricecarpet’, opening Art route ‘Starry Night’ in Etten-Leur (NL)

2010

23/5 & 28/5 ‘Dance in a ricecarpet’ at Argument Vertoningsruimte in Tilburg (NL)
9/5 ‘Mayakovsky’, opening ‘2 sides of a story’ with my visuals, Husc (electronic and vocal) & Koen de Wit (clarinet) at Café Het Hijgend Hert in Breda (NL)
19/4 – 22/5 Artist residence ‘Dance in a ricecarpet’ at Argument Vertoningsruimte in Tilburg (NL). With dancer Barbara van Kooten, musicians: Koen de Wit (clarinet), Dirk Elst (percussion) and Chester L. Brandes (classical guitar).
27/4 ‘Mayakovsky’, Proeflokaal #80 with my visuals, Husc (electronic and vocal) & Koen de Wit (clarinet) at Theater Kikker in Utrecht (NL)

2009

6/2 Ricecarpet-soundscape during ‘Klokkespijs live’ at Het Appeltje in Antwerpen (BE)

2008

11/8 – 24/8 ‘Tour des poulets’, tour to chicken farmers (NL). I made a ricecarpet and while the chicken eat it, Koen de Wit played clarinet
2007

11/1 – 14/1 Exhibition with artist Ties van de Ven at in Argument Vertoningsruimte, Tilburg (NL)

 

Group-exhibitions

 

2017

27/1 ‘Kwatta girl’ Batik Statement live during Cultuurnacht Breda at Waalse Kerk, program IDFX (NL)

2016

26/7 till 5/8 E:collective group exhibition ‘Experiencing change/Changing experience’ at ONCA in Brighton (UK) 17/12/2015 till 9/1 Groupexhibition ‘IDFX Benefiet, Ode aan IDFX’ with an auction, Expo@IDFX at IDFX, Breda (NL)

2015

1/8 ‘Processionale’, temporary carpet of given-materials during the openingsday of Bewust Breda, StadsGalerij Breda (NL)
22/4 t/m 16/5 ‘Cambridge Sustainability Residency Collective 2015’ exhibition in Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK)

2014

12/12 till 14/12 ‘Laat je hart spreken’ at StadsGalerij Breda (NL)
5/9 till 7/9 ‘Alle Stroomt’, part of Art program of Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland (NL)
11/4 till 13/4 ‘Quid Pro Quo- Negotiating Futures’, Cambridge Sustainability Residency exhibition at Changing Spaces Gallery in Cambridge (UK)

2013

1/9 – 4/9 Wallpaper installation ‘Little Nana’s Cape’, Grote Kerk, Breda (NL)

2011

5/6 Work in progress of my Batik Pagi-Sore design and a Batik-chalk-workshop during ‘PindaKAAS Light’ in Tilburg (NL)
16/4 – 25/4 Group-exhibition ‘Van Gogh Leeft!’ during the art route in Etten-Leur (NL)
19/2 – 27/3 Graphic collection folder ‘De Brabantse Ring’ group-exhibition at Grafisch Atelier Den Bosch (NL)

2010

25/9 ‘PindaKAAS light’, group exhibition at the Scheltema in Leiden (NL)
18/9 & 19/9 ‘Kunstroute Leiden’, group exhibition at the Scheltema in Leiden (NL)
9/7 – 25/7 Group exhibition ‘Paper in progress’ in Electron, Breda (NL)
1/4 – 2/5 Group exhibition Graphic collection folder ‘De Brabantse Ring’ in the City Hall of Roosendaal (NL)
17/11/2009 – 15/1 Group exhibition Graphic collection folder ‘De Brabantse Ring’ in Theater De Kring in Roosendaal (NL)

2009

12/9 – 13/9 Preview exhibition of Graphic collection folder ‘De Brabantse Ring’ at Theater De Maagd in Bergen op Zoom (NL)
12/6 – 14/6 Group exhibition ‘Was ist ist, was nicht ist ist möglich’, at Rosa during open studio route in Breda (NL)
17/5 – 1/7 Group exhibition ‘Turks’ at De Kunstpraktijk in Veldhoven (NL)
23/1 – 18/2 Group exhibition ‘Het Hert in bed met Vanuit bed’ at Café Het Hijgend Hert, Breda (NL)

2008

4/9 – 14/9 Group exhibition ‘Peep Perspective’ at Villa Ockenburgh during the Ground 3 festival in Den Haag (NL)
13/7 – 7/9 Group exhibition ‘Salon XI’ at NBKS in Breda (NL)
11/7 – 13/7 Ricecarpet and works on paper on one location during art- and countryside-route ‘Kunst op het hof’ in Merksplas/Hoogstraten (BE)

2007

1/12 – 2/12 Open studio and group exhibition Vlaszak in Breda (NL)
29/11 Installation ‘Wanna play?’ at Het Nutshuis in Den Haag (NL)
14/7 – 15/7 Group exhibition ‘Komt/Nu/Voorbij‘ at Lokaal 01 in Antwerpen (BE)
7/7 – 20/8 Exhibition graduation work st Galerie Segeren in Breda (NL)
7/7 – 8/7 Group exhibition ‘Komt/Nu/Voorbij’ at De Fabriek in Eindhoven (NL)
28/6 – 4/7 Graduation exhibition at Kunstacademie St.Joost, Breda (NL)
9/6 – 10/6 Group exhibition ‘Komt/Nu/Voorbij, de reizende tentoonstelling’ at Your-space of the Van Abbemuseum during the EDIT festival in Eindhoven (NL)
18/5 Installation ‘Living room wallpaper’ at FreeSpace, Electron in Breda (NL)

 

Projects, workshops & lectures

 

2017

13/5 ‘Hill of beans’, seed swap and workshop, at Open Source Event, Bibliotheek Tilburg Centrum (NL)
4/6 -5/6 Workshop ‘Staphorst Dot Batik Wrappingpaper’ at Animal park Taman Indonesia (NL)

2016

22/5 Presentation of my second ‘journey to Batik’ during Festival Budaya in Best (NL)

2015

17/5 ‘Batik Statement Fashionshow’ during Festival Budaya in Best (NL)
2/5 – 3/5 ‘Origami Batik Blouse folding’ Workshop during Pasar Siang at Taman Indonesia
4/4 Workshop Painting Easter Eggs Indonesian Style at Cultuurspoor, Best (NL)

2014

May till November
“Daar lusten de honden geen brood van”, walks with Rudolf Steiner School and Okba Ibnoe Nafi in Liniepark, Breda (NL). Making signs for the park.

31/3 till 11/4
Cambridge Sustainability Residency in Cambridge (UK)

2013

19/10 & 20/10
‘Er was eens een Batikspin’ workshop at Taman Indonesia, Kallenkote (NL)
5/10 Lecture ‘The journey to Batik, making a statement’ at the Najaarsdag of the Ned.Kostuumvereniging in Amsterdam (NL)
21/4 ‘Batik Statement Fashionshow’ at the Cultural Indonesia Festival at Best (NL)

2012

24/11 ‘Batik Fashion Photo shoot’ during WinterFashionFair at Taman Indonesia,
Kallenkote (NL)
14/11 Lecture ‘Walk around the Pond’, Butterflies in Art and Batik at KNNV, Breda (NL)

2011

28/9 Lecture ‘The journey to Batik’ at the Indische Huiskamer in Eindhoven (NL)

 

Grants & awards

 

2010

22/1 BKKC Project grant for ‘Dance in a ricecarpet’

2008

17/12 Start stipendium Fonds BKVB for 2009
2/12 NBKS grant for HD 3CCD film camera and equipment
9/2 Selected for artist residence at KipVis in Middelburg during pitch

2006

14/12 Won being portrayed for the poster campaign ‘I am an artist’ of Kunstenaars&Co with my presentation of my work at stARTfactory in TAC in Eindhoven (NL)

 

Education

 

2014 – 2015

‘IVN gidsencursus’, Nature guide course by IVN in Breda (NL)

2008

‘PR in Art’ course by Kunstenaars&Co

2002-December 2006 (graduation exhibition 2007)

Bachelor of Fine Art, Art academy St.Joost, Breda

2002

Orientation course Art academy AKV, Den Bosch

1997-2002

HAVO (Culture & Society with History, Geography, Art history and art), Udens College, Uden

 

Fore more related work experience, check out my LinkedIn profile

* published on 31 December 2014
** updated on 29 June 2017