Ingrid van Gorkom has a unique way of captivating her audience through sharing fleeting moments in time that lure us into the image, inviting us to linger for just that little bit longer. When we view her work we’re immediately transported into another time and place. Back into our memories perhaps, of a time when we once enjoyed living in the moment. Her works evoke an eerie sense of silence. Peace. A calm anticipation of what is about to come, as we go forward not really knowing, but yet with faith that all is well. Ingrid’s artworks are deeply moving, beautiful and sincere images that uplift the soul.
Ingrid is a graduate from the DrawPj mentoring level one program and is now working in my mentored level two program. As her mentor, I support, advise and encourage her towards becoming a professional artist. In this interview Ingrid shares some moving and personal information about her life journey with art so far, and how art currently affects her life. She explains how she once lacked self-worth, self-confidence, and knowledge about drawing and she only returned to study art with my course at 57 years of age. Now she is obviously becoming more confident as she steps out into this big wide world of daring to share her work with others. I am so proud of Ingrid and chose to share her work and interview with you here, to celebrate the success of yet another amazing person reaching deep within herself to finally claim her own natural gift for drawing. At last!
It’s never too late for any of us, to finally embrace our love of drawing once and for all!
Interview with Ingrid van Gorkom by Cindy Wider
Q: Ingrid where were you born and where do you live now?
A: I was born in a small town near Johannesburg In South Africa. My parents were both Dutch, and when I was three years old we moved back to Holland. Since 2009 I have lived in the center of France, the countryside in a very small village.
Q: How long have you been creating art for?
A: For me, I never felt I was creating art as such. It was more like just drawing. I was never consciously creating I guess. I was more focused on trying to have my hand make what my eyes saw, mostly from another flat piece of paper. Which was never easy or beautiful. It was just training or to empty my mind, whenever I could get past some prominent blocks before starting in the first place.
I remember drawing more deeply when I was feeling lonely in my study time. It took my mind off my emotions. As far as I know, there was no real and intended expression. I didn’t know how to do that – to consciously express myself through my art, to be honest. And there where so many demands on my life that I never got to the point of thinking about my drawings as art; for creating a drawing or painting to actually hang on a wall.
I had a desire for art somewhere along the way in my life because sooner or later, I always returned to drawing. At some stages over a 30 year period of time, I took some painting lessons – when I was able to; with very little drawings /paintings as a result.
Q: Were you encouraged to create art as a child?
A: No I wasn’t. I was encouraged to study, but not for artistic development – that was considered to be subordinate and of no importance. So I don’t have any drawings from my childhood as a result.
However, I have a memory of the primary school burning down and as alternative lessons, we went on a visit to a cinema – to see a film. The film was an emotional story about a pelican. After seeing the film we got an assignment to draw something inspired by that movie. So I made a drawing of the pelican on its nest.
My teacher was very enthusiastic about my drawing. She told me that I was very good at drawing. I remember it as if it took place yesterday. Not the film, but what this teacher had said to me about my drawing abilities. It never left me, although I didn’t really believe it. I didn’t believe in my own abilities and I was influenced by the generally accepted ideas of my family and of the society, I grew up in; that art wasn’t important or valued.
Q: Have you ever studied art at an art school for example?
A: No I didn’t go to art school, in my mind it didn’t exist for me. I think I suffered from lack of self-worth, self-confidence and knowledge. I was 57 when I first took some painting lessons and then after a while I studied the beginner level with my wonderful instructor at DrawPj Tannis Trydal.
Q: What made you realise that you wanted to start drawing and painting more often?
A: Now I think about it all I can see I always turned back to drawing or painting when everything else failed in my life, strangely. But without the intention to create, more so it was about a hidden intention to slow down and get myself together and or stop the emotional chaos in my head and feelings. At least that is what I realise now.
Q: What is your favourite subject to draw and why?
A: I have no favorite subjects but everything I create is inspired by the effects and play of light and-or contrast combined with an emotional response to the subject. I am inspired to create atmospheres with mood that I can relay to my viewer through the play of light on various subjects.
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If you would like to contact Ingrid and discuss her artworks further, please contact:
Cindy Wider Email: firstname.lastname@example.org