2004 Sylvia quit her job, sold her house and travelled in her
mini-van through Europe. She settled in a small community in France
where she lived in a primitive environment. She painted in an
old shed while cultivating the land for food. Sylvia’s work
from this time period is to be recognised by its extreme simplicity.
After one year of living in nature, she left the community to
return to The Netherlands and start a solitary existence dedicated
to art. She moved to an empty farmers house in 2006 where the
local authorities allowed her to reside until it would get sold.
The house turned into a well-decorated characteristic landmark
of the town, Roelfsema into a well-respected artist. She gained
media attention and started to teach art. Her basic living conditions
kept reflecting her basic art style. often existing of just a
few powerful strokes. Walking figures in which decoration still
plays a mayor part. Portrets are painted straight from the jar.
Her distinctive style reflects power and sensitivity but it remains
modest. In 2009 we see the silhouette of her figures changing;
they become more realistic and get more body. The decoration on
the background fades away and in some instances oilpaint makes
Simplicity, silence and growth are keywords of my life and with
it the essence of my art.
All sides of my being are expressed in accurate lines that find
their way to the linnen in a semi-consious state of mind . The
results are archetypes, universally recognisable in every human
Coaching workshops in Museum
Boijmans van Beuningen.
"Meestervervalsers" and "De grote ogen van Kees
Psygological Portrets (112-98)
These series were born out of the idea of making close-up-portraits
of those figures, that had been subject of my previous paintings.
It appeared to be an illusion. Soon the project starts leading
its own life and the faces become unique characters of their own.
In the paintings you will find several of my signature artistic
styles fighting to get priority. Subtle sketches interchange with
I use acrylics, gesso, lots of water, stamping techniques and
occasionally a lace application.
Workshop " Het grote-doe-het- zelf- festival-versierproject",
“Sitting women” (120-113)
are they? Where are they? Where do they go?
Surrender? Surrender to what, to whom?
Resignation? Resignation or liberation?
Basic, versatile and powerful?
Mixed media (oil and gesso mixed or not, in layers over each other)
From inside to outside
outside to insite
Departure to France. For information about my paintings please
contact me by the way of firstname.lastname@example.org
or by téléphone 0033644760628