slice of life with swallowed spiral

Eva Spierenburg shows that experiences in our daily lives leave a trace in our bodies. Starting from a drawn diary, Spierenburg brings the building of Drawing Centre Diepenheim to life as a body and confronts visitors with their own physicality.

The body is fragmented, enlarged and undressed by Spierenburg. She shows that our bodies can be both vulnerable and fragile and resilient and strong. Events we experience can leave impressions – both temporary and permanent – on our physical states: the bracing of our bodies in a stressful situation, a recurring tension in a specific place or an indeterminate restlessness triggered by a memory. The experiences, traces and memories harbored by our constitution run like a thread through the exhibition.

In the exhibition “slice of life with swallowed spiral,” the walls of the building are partially covered with canvases and clay. With these architectural interventions, Spierenburg creates intimate spaces, each evoking a different feeling. Body parts have detached themselves from the big picture and float loose in space or lean against a wall. They hold us up inside, but they can also throw us off balance due to stress, tension or trauma stored there. With this exhibition, Spierenburg invites us to think about the architecture of our own interiors; she makes us aware of the body we inhabit.


Guest Curator
Nadine van den Bosch

Tessa Wiegerinck

Stein Boon

Nadine van den Bosch

PR and Marketing
Annelien Dam

Courtesy of
Mondrian Fund
Province of Overijssel
Municipality of Hof van Twente
Overijssel cultural fund
Niemeijer Fund Foundation