From 15 January through 1 March the church in Klein Wetsinge presents an exhibition of works by Ingrid Daniëlla van der Spoel.
Ingrid graduated from the Amsterdam School of Photography in 2010. Her background as an ecologist and behavioural biologist makes her a keen observer of the world around her and has an important influence on how she records it. Sometimes she sets out with no clear plan, at others she works on a concept which she can see in her mind’s eye – and in those cases she is not above staging a scene: “It gives me the freedom to portray my ideas exactly as I envision them. A misleading photograph is an intriguing photograph and I consider it a compliment if my work gives rise to questions.”
Nature as a source of inspiration
With nature being her most important source of inspiration, Van der Spoel portrays both the animal world and the world of her dreams. The fascination for the relative significance of reality and the longing to explore uncharted territory have resulted in a personal portrayal of a world that is full of drama, darkness and poetry.
A recurring theme in her work is the transience and the aesthetics of both life and death. The atmosphere her images exude is mysterious, magical, melancholy and poetic. What at first sight seems to be a charming tableau often proves to have a sinister undertone of decay. A quote by the Greek philosopher Heraclitus often inspires her: ‘Nothing endures but change’. Photographer Erwin Olaf views Ingrid as talented and called her work ‘very intriguing and poetic’.
The church in Klein Wetsinge
The church in Klein Wetsinge is located halfway between the towns of Sauwerd and Winsum and has a panoramic view of the scenic Reitdiep area. The church was restored and completely refurbished by the Stichting Oude Groninger Kerken in 2014. Visitors are cordially welcomed by managers Nicolaas and Inez Geenen, both born and bred in Groningen. Whenever possible they cook using organic products and traditional methods.
The church is open daily. On offer are an extensive lunch and drinks menu, including sandwiches, soups and salads. Visitors can climb upstairs to see the unique clockwork and to enjoy the views of the beautiful Reitdiep valley.
The exhibition can be viewed daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Note: The church is closed when it is in use for private functions. Want to make sure it’s open? Feel free to call: 06 546 854 05