about Caren van Herwaarden

Scenes of my Studio, November 2018, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Creative director: Chirag Bhasin  -  vocalist: Carlos Denia

workshop impression 2018

Movie by Amber Verstegen, commissioned by Vouch.

After 28 years, van Herwaarden moved from Amsterdam to the countryside near 's-Hertogenbosch. Now she works alternately in her studio in Amsterdam (WGplein 1) and in Den Bosch (Willem II factory)


Anatomical collection
After the academy, van Herwaarden worked for a few years in the anatomical collection of the Leiden University to study the inside, the material from which we are built. She could not separate the material sheath from feelings like fear, desire, resistance and surrender. Urges and emotions that have a purifying, as well as and a disruptive function in your life. The research in the anatomical collection forms the basis of her work.

The sensible body
Van Herwaarden: 'It intrigues me that our body knows so much, also about the other. The memory and 'intelligence' do not only live in our brain. It is precisely the body, the skin and the muscles that store memories, experiences are embedded in the body: the body memory. Our body can only tell our brain as much as our brain does to our body.’

The capacity for empathy makes compassion and comfort possible: these are achievements that Caren van Herwaarden considers universal and essential to be able to live together peacefully. It is about you: are you able to move - independent of faith, age or gender - in the situation of an (unknown) other person? That is the opposite of dehumanization and cold indifference. With her work Van Herwaarden wants to show this transformation. It is her aim to make this not only visible, but also physically tangible in her work. Van Herwaarden: 'I want the viewer to first experience my work with his thunder and recognize it before he understands it. It must be raw, you must be able to smell it.'