Two souls, one nature
This seazon we present you two artists from Sloten: Lienke makes linocuts and drawings with poems by Eppie Dam. Hence the title: Two souls, one nature.
The Poet’s idea
Eppie Dam grew up with meadows and birds. Unfortunately, there is very little left of nature, and Eppie is not the only one who finds that terrible. It also sometimes makes the writing of bird poems almost double: as if they exist only on paper. Yet he always enjoys working on his bird poems. It remains quite a challenge to not only describe the appearance of the birds, but at the same time penetrate their thoughts. Of course, we humans don't know them, but sometimes it's nice to follow the idea of a poet. Also for the poet himself.
In service of the word
The illustrator's work always comes after the writer's work. The illustration is therefore always 'subservable'. But Lienke and Eppie discuss a lot: 'How do you imagine the bird, what should he do, what images do you see in front of you'. After all, the image had to match the poem.
The result may be there! Eppie is also very happy with lienke's lino’s. They are true works of art, strong in shape, rich and bold in color. But what is most important to him: all birds express something of themselves, we almost look into their souls. You can't make a poet happier.
Lienke Boot was born in Meppel (1963). She would have preferred to go to art school after high school, but her father thought it would be better to go for a ‘decent’ profession in which at least she could earn her living. So she became a teachter. In 1985 she graduated from the Comenius Academy in Zwolle, specializing in art history. After this, she studied drawing for two years at the Noordelijke Hogeschool.
She then moved to Friesland and became the mother of three sons. When the youngest went to kindergarten, she started working in primary education again. In 2014, she obtained her school leadership diploma, and at the moment she is one day in front of the class, one day she spends on management duties, and two days she works as an upper school IT specialist.
But the blood creeps where it can't go. In addition to her schoolwork, she has always continued to draw and paint - from small assignments such as birth announcements, wedding invitations and fronts of liturgies to free work and commissioned drawings.
The first major assignment were the birds for the book edition Oer de wjuk. After that she studied with artist Gerrit Terpstra from Heeg for a number of seasons, in particular to get a good grasp of etching and linoleum cutting.
Eppie Dam was born on March 5, 1953 in Kollumerpomp in the Northeast of Friesland, in an agricultural environment. Just like Lienke, he first trained as a teacher. In that capacity he worked in Urk and in Balk. He currently lives in Sloten.
Eppie Dam is a productive and versatile writer; he writes poems, stories, children's books, columns and literary reviews. He has also been editor of the literary magazine Trotwaer for a few years. Dam publishes in Frisian, Dutch and in the dialect of his native village.
He debuted as a poet in 1978, with the poetry collection Mei de jierren and the collection of stories Strie oerdwers. It then took five years for a collection of poems to be released, Tusken juster and jûn (1983), and many other poetry collections, stories and children's books followed.
Together, Lienke and Eppie made the bundle Tsjilp! 25 fûgel poems foar grutte and lytse protters, with bird poems by Eppie and beautiful lino's by Lienke.