Avid art lover and a wine connoisseur Mirjam Deen, once started as an art advisor at Cultuur en Ondernemen, a knowledge centre for entrepreneurship in the culture sector. Deen has been working in the art world with great enthusiasm for a decade now. Initially as an art programmer, curator and art producer, but since she found her vocation as an art advisor for private individuals and companies, she visits as many gallery and museum shows as possible to inform and advise her customers about their art purchases. In 2018, she published 'De Amsterdame' - a style guide for the contemporary Amsterdam woman, together with Lisa Maschhaupt. Especially these days, she experiences art as a welcome distraction in a world of uncertainty and rules, rules and more rules. Hence her choice for the theme "escapism".
For me the theme that connects the works I have chosen is the longing for another world, the escape from reality or: escapism. A current topic. Because if there is one period that we would all like to flee and exchange for a more hedonistic life, this is it. Yet I have also noticed in myself and in those around me, that art is necessary - now more than ever. Recently, I was looking for new ways to relax and escape from the bitter reality.
Fortunately, I have a dog and nature makes up for a lot of it. But what I've missed in recent months is visiting galleries and museums. Viewing art online is really different from experiencing art in real life. Thankfully, online sales continued reasonably for many artists and galleries. We live in a time that is a "new reality" for every generation. Artists use this time to create, more than in times of relative certainty. I think a lot of beautiful, new work is created in times of crisis. Art benefits from these abrasive times. Little is created if you have the wind behind you. Escapism, in art and beyond, is rampant in times of crisis.