Haarlem. On my bike, on my way to my regular supermarket, I see a little elderly lady standing in front of a church, with her mouth wide open. It is as if she is shouting out something from the bottom of her soul, yet without making a sound. The pain in her expression lingers with me. So I decide to portray her as I remember her.
I interpret the silent cry of the unknown woman as an act of resistance. That is why I named the portrait after Kenau Simonsdochter Hasselaer, a shipbuilder and timber merchant who became a legend because of her resistance in defending Haarlem during the Eighty Years’ War.
If you look closely, you may see the map of Haarlem on her face.
Created on an iPad, and post-processed on a computer.
Printed on Hahnemühle FineArt paper with pigment ink.
42 x 59,4 centimeter