by Sen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2001

Painted Objects by Sonja van Kerkhoff
Detail of Inspiration, acrylic and ink on stiffened cotton and canvas.
In "The Natural" exhibition, Whanganui, Aotearoa / New Zealand, 2002.

Painted Objects by Sonja van Kerkhoff  

On the floor a cluster of green shoots, (the work "Inspiration") seem to be sprouting through, like spring's affirmation; a faith in renewal.

Each leaf is a micro-painting on shaped cotton, with words from the poem "New Vessels" by Sen McGlinn.

Among the texts we can read
"Earth turns
the river in the stars
is gathering strength for the thaw."

More about the series, New Vessels


Sprouting grass and flowing words also appear on the interactive CDrom, "Dans le jardin des beaux arts" which also has sound and video clips and animated drawings by a few of the artists in the same exhibition.

If Flash no longer runs on your computer then first download Flash Emulator from

Choose the browser you wish to add this extension to.
Then click on the following page to view the "clocks" flash movie to find the sprouting grass.

Below is a screenshot to help you.
Interactive with sound by Sonja van Kerkhoff

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