Inge van Noortwijk
Inge van Noortwijk (Hollandia, Nederlands Nieuw-Guinea 1959)
‘The craft binds and sets you free’
‘In my work as scientific illustrator I observe and draw at the square millimeter level. With the binocular microscope I bring the microscopic world of insects and larger animals to life. My drawings are very precise and serve a scientific purpose: illustrating objects from nature to accompany the descriptions of research.
The fascination for nature also plays a significant role in my autonomous work. Shapes, structures and layers are expressed through the use of various materials. Drawing, painting, collages and cutouts merge together and show a new growth process, form new patterns. I prefer to work with pencil and chalk on paper.
In my graphic art the drawing transforms naturally into a totally new image. Longstanding techniques on stone, etching plates, linoleum and wood and the printing of these materials on paper require craftsmanship as vehicle, with the printing as climax. In particular the lithograph with the stone as base for a drawn image gives me an incredible amount of freedom. Printing is magical, enchanting, the result is always different and time and time again sparks a new idea.’
Inge graduated from the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in ’s-Hertogenbosch in 1982, majoring in illustrative design with a minor in graphic art. She works as scientific illustrator at Museum Naturalis. Besides that, she illustrates scientific and educational publications and makes autonomous work. Inge lives and works in Wijk bij Duurstede and is chairman of the Basement Press Diepenheim Foundation.