Poppy Fields

Solo show by Sarah van der Pols

5 Oct 2008
8 Nov 2008

Ronmandos Rotterdam opens the new cultural season with a solo show from Sarah van der Pols. This exposition of her latest drawings, entitled “Poppy Fields”, research the transformation of energy present in the human body and its surroundings. The conceptual starting point of each work is the idea that the human individual has the ability to take part in and influence the things that happen around him.


Poppy Fields by Sarah van der Pols, image taken from Ronmandos website . -

The new drawings by Sarah van der Pols (Rotterdam, 1973) depict this constantly moving human energy. This phenomenon is put to paper with the use of fleeting and fragile materials. Pencil, soot, charcoal, pigment ink, acrylic and silver paper form together contrasting images of life and destruction, at times literally expressed by scorching parts of the representational area.

The series Poppy Fields consist of drawings of mass graves. They glance into the earth; a creepy oasis, where pain is evident alongside beauty and calm. Just as the silver material used in the works turns black through the process of oxidation, the corpses lie in an underworld where they are cut off from oxygen and thus caught in perpetual state of decay.

The series Amae presents androgynous human figures transfixed in thought. At times they lie sedated in deep sleep, only for them to appear later standing upright as if demanding their right to existence. Amae is a Japanese word signifying a pleasant independence.

Opening of the exposition is on Sunday the 5th of October from 3 to 6 pm. The exhibition runs from 05.10.08 - 08.11.08.

For questions, contact Zic Zerp: + 31 (0) 627 823 456, zic@ronmandos.nl, or visit the website of Ronmandos.