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Museum Voorlinden is under nature’s spell


Words by Georgie Sinclair

Just 12 months since opening, the influence of plants and flowers has swept from its wild gardens designed by legendary landscape architect Piet Oudolf, indoors to take hold of the exhibition programme. On 29 September Museum Voorlinden opened its doors to painter Jonas Wood and ceramicist Shio Kusaka, some of our favourite artists of the moment.

Often compared with the likes of David Hockney and Alex Katz, Wood is mostly recognised for his still life paintings of household interiors packed to the rafters with houseplants, a graphic interpretation of the current object of everyone’s desire: that must-have urban jungle.

Kusaka’s work, on the other hand, serves the floricultural industry a little more literally, in the form of pots and vases. Whilst she stays true to the ceramic craft, she puts a playful spin on each vessel by adorning each with a different pattern. It seems that her current obsession is dinosaurs (you and I both, Kusaka).

Wood and Kusaka are not just sharing the same exhibition space. As a married couple, they also share a home in Los Angeles as well as a studio space. This explains the mutual influence of the other’s work. Recurring motifs and icons flow from painting to sculpture almost becoming one artwork. You’ll notice Kusaka’s pots sometimes even become the subject of Wood’s paintings.

Visit Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood in Museum Voorlinden until 7 January 2018.


Shio Kusaka & Jonas Wood, Photo by Ruud Baan
Shio Kusaka, (fruits 10) (2014)
Shio Kusaka, (dinosaur 21) (2014)
Jonas Wood, Dilophosaurus wetherilli (2015)
Photo by Antoine van Kaam