Behind The Scenes | Ingrid van Polen.
I’ve always been intrigued by how things work, how things are put together. That beautiful dish placed in front of you – how was it made, who made it? I love being a fly on the wall. In combination with this I try to spotlight the everyday citizens who make our lives extraordinary. My paintings often depict common occurrences, yet it is not their ordinariness that interests me, but the uniqueness of even the most ordinary of events.
The setting is a relatively small space, filled with high pressure, uncertainty, expectations, and sharp objects. Even in an empty kitchen, the energy of the main event is tangible. The body language of the cooks transforms as the pressure builds. I want to capture their commitment and love for their profession.
In all my series the subject matter and the setting are equally important. While some artists like to depict motion or chaos I prefer to stop time, to encourage viewers’ thoughts to wander to before and after the moment. I like to consider myself the starting point for further thought.