Siemen Dijkstra has worked hard in recent years on a project in which he researches, records and criticizes the changes in the Drenthe landscape. A personal crusade, based on commitment, ideology and the ardent desire to capture the irreversible damage to his beloved landscape in words and images.
The result is an impressive book and a penetrating collection of drawings, watercolors and woodcuts
from 12 February to 2 May 2021 will be presented together once in an extensive exhibition.
You are welcome to visit the exhibition by appointment, and ordered books & woodcuts can be picked up.
The book "Crusade through Drenthe" is, once and in a limited edition, available at the exhibition.
The book is 30 x 30 cm, embraces 130 pages and the selling price is € 35,-.
Siemen Dijkstra (1968) has captured the landscape of Drenthe in prints and drawings for almost thirty years. His love for this province started in his youth when he came to live in Pesse around 1970. Siemen Dijkstra: In many “picture books” about Drenthe you see beautiful landscape pictures of heather and sheep, beautiful close-ups of flowers and insects - I was also guilty of this. But those picture books give a distorted and false picture of reality. There is a wide arc around the agricultural areas, as if that landscape, which makes up more than fifty percent of Drenthe, does not exist.
In Crusade through Drenthe Siemen Dijkstra takes stock of the current situation with the Drenthe landscape. In four routes he criss-crosses his beloved province by bicycle and reports in diary entries, prints and watercolors. Natural and cultural-historical Drenthe specialist Jan van Ginkel provides a broader perspective and more background information in his text contributions. Both Dijkstra and Van Ginkel come to the same urgent warning: use our natural resources better and do not let the centuries-old landscape of Drenthe fall prey to the ruthless efficiency and profit-seeking of intensive agriculture.