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I am silent and want a better world. I am low income and reject the act of making profit. I am an artist and many things about the surrounding context of art make me queasy. My voice is in sound, oil painting, drawing, and in narration and repetition: images such as a vinyl record or a tall formation of jeans-clad butt-and-legs seen from the back came up in my drawings, which I quietly modified and shifted over the course of five years until their shell, the language that held them together, got broken. The vinyl became a puddle and then only shape. The butt and legs were stripped from any gaze. To me, repeating something progressive is to detoxify its surrounding context. I am strengthening my understanding of politics and, mainly, whiteness, through intersectional feminism. I will continue to amplify compassion as the lifeblood of my art, as I’m being provocative, noisy, and emotional. Not as strategy but as necessity.


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er Sound [...] erweitert und verdichtet das vielgestaltige Werk in seinem Spannungsfeld zwischen bewusst vorgeführtem Dilettantismus und souveräner Gestaltungskunst. The Sweetest Hangover - Text Reinhard Spieler, 2015
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Es ist faszinierend, Simone van Dijken in ihr ästhetisches System zu folgen. Dazu lohnt es sich, nicht nur ihre Zeichnungen anzuschauen, sondern ihr auch zuzuhören und sie sich vor den großformatigen, ihr eigenes Körpermaß überschreitenden Zeichnungen bewegen zu sehen. Anmerkungen zum Animismus in Simone van Dijkens aktuellen Zeichnungen - Katalogtext Hanne Loreck, 2012
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