CAREN VAN HERWAARDEN
P E R S O N A L

Atelier 2009

A spacious studio in the Ophthalmology Pavilion of the former Wilhelmina Hospital. Light walls, copiously decked out in watercolours and photographs of human forms, some massed together others in parts. By the windows, stacked high are the ‘vitamins’, the stuff of inspiration and strength for the work, in the form of piles of music cassettes and cds. The hi fi set under the window emits the mysterious resonances of Bach’s, the Art of the Fugue.

I can think of no better master than Bach, says Caren van Herwaarden. A fugue of this kind contains everything you need to know for the execution of a watercolour. For example: whoever is afraid of ruining everything, of wrecking the whole, can never achieve the depth of a really good piece of work.

Simon Knepper