Hasegawa | 長谷川
The name Hasegawa is Japanese for ‘long valley river’. In the Kanji symbol for gawa 川 one can easily see a flowing river. It is from this letter that my Japanese ancestors have derived the family crest which you find with me today.
In Japanese Buddhism Water represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Outside of the obvious example of rivers and lakes, plants are also categorised under Water, as they adapt to their environment, growing and changing according to the direction of the sun and the changing seasons. Water can be associated with mental and emotional tendencies towards adaptation and change; emotion, flexibility, suppleness, and resilience. In many ancient civilisations Water was equivalent to Life, as there is no life without water. The ancient Egyptians knew this better than any other, revering the Nile and building their cities along it and the fertile soil it provided.
Water is sometimes also seen as a symbol for Destiny, as it has no control over the direction in which it flows, and even so, the largest rocks get eroded down in its path.
Born in The Netherlands of Spanish and German mother and a Japanese father, I have been creating since I could hold a pen. Throughout my childhood years my main interest have been the Fine Arts, painting with paint that my mother had left over. However, I found joy in any form of creation, be it drawing, painting, sewing (toys at an earlier age, my own clothes at a later stage) and inventing all kinds of craft projects from whatever interesting trash I came across.
As I matured, those creative impulses only spread wider, covering areas of photography, film, writing, cooking, branding and digital creativity. Creativity is boundless in its use, although some areas it quietly wanders into like a little glistening creek, and other areas offer it the space and impulse for a true waterfall to appear.
In my life I have experienced many forms of this flowing water, and how, in the years that I was ill, it was down to the tiny yet insistent drops of a leaky tap. As I regained my energy, I gained enough strength to turn open this tap and from it I managed to get enough water to sail it, instead of walking on the dry land. Where is this boat going, you ask? Where ever this river takes me.
Aside from the more digital and practical creativity that is photography, computer- and handiwork, I thoroughly enjoy painting and drawing, and do so whenever I can. I especially enjoy working with charcoal or silk, but from time to time I also use oil paint, watercolour, ink and graphite. You can find a selection of my personal works by clicking through below.
For my silk paintings I use mostly Pongee silk which has a very soft, subtle sheen, making the colours incredibly vibrant. And because of the light, fine weave, it creates wonderful almost organic-looking effects when dyes are lightly manipulated using water, air, salt or soy wax. I prefer using these techniques as they limit the control one has on the silk, and keep you under its spell as you watch it come alive under your fingertips.
When I paint, I paint not only with a brush but with my hands as well. Charcoal is a medium which welcomes this practise. Easily wiped down, erased or intensified, the moulding of this medium and the way it keeps you focused on Light is what keeps me coming back to it.
Constantly trying out new techniques and media and learning more about old ones, I move back and forth between each medium, choosing whichever suits my needs best. At times this is oil paint, on occasion it is watercolour and every now and again it is Japanese ink. But when life gets busy and there is no time or place to make a mess, a simple pencil and a piece of paper will do just fine, too.
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