• Maassluise Courant - De Schakel

    Bikkel Artist awarded to Artist of the Month (April 2018) by KUM, NL.


  • Maassluise Courant - De Schakel

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  • Bikkel Translate emotion into her work

    newspaper: "De Stad Gorinchem" dd 6 feb 2018. Rubric Gorcums Museum Fred Mertens The Glass4ever exhibition can be seen in the Gorcums Museum. This exhibition of extremes shows how glass is applied in contemporary art. One of the participating artists is Bikkel who exhibits work that she made especially for this exhibition. Her source of inspiration was the murder of the Gorcum martyrs. Bikkel was born on Curaçao and came to the Netherlands as a 17-year-old. When her first child was born, she wanted to paint his portrait with oil paint in order to keep it forever. Painting became her passion. She developed in such a way that she was asked to teach at a secondary school in Maassluis. First as a teacher, later as a teacher of the then new course CKV, Cultural Artistic Education, a broad cultural package. Bikkel thought it was a huge challenge. "I loved that they asked me to do this because it is a very broad subject that also includes music and theater". Immediately after my appointment as a teacher I started studying at the Willem de Kooning Academy and what I learned there I could pass on to my students. I had a great time there. " In all the work of Bikkel her roots are present. In glass by processing chicken wire as a metaphor for her homesickness to Curaçao where she was born and (when she is in Curaçao) for her homesickness to the Netherlands where her children live. Why did Bikkel start working with glass? 'Of the four elements, water, earth, air and fire, water is most important to me. I was looking for a material with which I could best represent that and that is glass. It is transparent and I can work three-dimensionally with it. I went looking for a glass workshop and was allowed to work at the Van Tetterode Glass Studio in Amsterdam. Besides water that for me is the imagination of my birthplace, heim (home) and woe (pain) play a big part in my life. Together they form my world. The mesh that I use in my glassart or is part of my paintings is transparent. It is not a boundary, more a dividing line between my two worlds that are both great and that I love a lot. I try to translate my emotion into my work.' When Bikkel was approached for the Glass4Ever exhibition, she immersed herself in the history of Gorcum. 'I was raised as a Catholic and because of that I was very moved by the story of the Gorcum martyrs. Because I only want to show new work for an exhibition, I decided to make two installations as a metaphor for this historical event, where for me the suffering of the martyrs symbolizes hope as part of the feeling of faith, hope and love . " The first installation can be seen in this exhibition in Gorkum. The second will soon be exhibited at the Pilgrimage Church H.H. Martyrs of Gorcum in Brielle. Information about Bikkel's work can be found at www.bikkelartist.com. Photo Fred Mertens


  • Bikkel Artist GLASS in PLUS Magazine

    Magazine PLUS has posted two photo's of my glasses, which are exhibited at Gorcum's Museum till March 18th 2018 I am very happy with that! Thnx editors! Het tijdschrift Plus Magazine is een uitgave van Senior Publications Nederland. Het maandblad verschijnt in Nederland en België en is bedoeld voor lezers van middelbare leeftijd. Met een oplaag van 300.000 exemplaren per maand is Plus Magazine één van grootste publiekstijdschriften van Nederland.


  • Press article at GROOT VLAARDINGEN

    Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. "Prize for Bikkel at NY".


  • Groot Vlaardingen

    page 5. "Gold for Bikkel" Gouden medaille voor Bikkel en Eugenie Herlaar Vlaardingse kunstenaar Bikkel en Eugenie Herlaar uit Heerhugowaard hebben beiden een gouden medaille gekregen tijdens de 4e World Art Games (WAG) in Slavonski Brod, Kroatië. Bikkel kreeg de onderscheiding in de categorie "glas kunst”. Eugenie Herlaar in de categorie “poezie”. Bikkel toonde naast haar twee glasobjecten ook drie abstracte schilderijen welke tezamen 150x150cm groot waren. Eugenie Herlaar gaf, naast het tonen van twee schilderijen, ook en workshop “hoe schrijf ik een gedicht?”. De WAG zijn een jaarlijks treffen van kunstenaars uit de hele wereld. In totaal waren er acht kunstdisciplines waaronder ook theater en muziek. "Ik heb enorm genoten van de ontmoeting van andere culturen, zoals die van Slavonski Brod. en de hernieuwde ontmoeting met mijn collega WAG vrienden, die ik in de loop van zeven jaar met regelmaat weerzie in de diverse georganiseerde WAG ontmoetingen ergens in de wereld", aldus Bikkel Bikkel coördineert sinds een paar jaar het WAG Kinder Project waaraan dit jaar elf landen hebben deelgenomen. Dit jaar rond de thema's natuur, vrede en de beroemde dichteres Ivana Brlic Mazuranic. Bij de WAG gaat het niet om competitie, er is geen wedstrijd element. Maar er is een jury die in elke categorie degenen aanwijst die met hun bijdrage een bijzondere plaats hebben ingenomen. De Nederlandse delegatie bij de World Art Games bestond naast Bikkel uit dichteres Eugenie Herlaar en keramist Leon Strous. Met twee onderscheidingen kwam de Nederlandse delegatie rijk beloond terug in hun vaderland. Hulde.


  • BIKKEL CALENDAR 2018

    BIKKEL CALENDAR 2018


  • Bikkel exposeert met glas in de groepsexpositie “Glass 4 Ever” in het Gorcums Museum

    21 oktober 2017 t/m 18 maart 2018. www.gorcumsmuseum.nl ....Andere deelnemende kunstenaars zijn onder meer Gabriëlle van de Laak, Josja Caecilia Schepman, Caroline Prisse, Mieke Groot, Klaas Gubbels, Paul Funcken, Ans Bakker, Gert Bullée, Bikkel, Rachel Daeng Ngalle, Albert Hendriks, Wouter Bolangier, Yvon Trossèl, Nataliya Vladichko, Sebastiaan Coppens, Krista Israel, Klaas Gubbels, Marta Klonowska en Marinke van Zandwijk.