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About Joyce

Joyce ter Weele (1988) graduated from Academie Minerva in Groningen in 2015, and was awarded the “Coba de Groot” stipend that same year. Ter Weele’s work revolves around the adventure that is observation, and the (re)defining of familiar spaces and forms that is inherent to it. To this end, ter Weele produces drawings in which diverse materials and techniques are combined, including but not limited to charcoal, pencil, fineliner, graphite; collage, photography, printmaking and painting. The common denominator, the carrier, is exclusively paper.

Her starting principle rests in the figurative reality captured in her photos, which then serve as the starting point of abstract drawings. In doing so, Joyce makes her environment into her research grounds and her landscape of creativity. Architectural constructions in which humans are absent, in both modern as well as historical buildings, are her main source of inspiration.

Opening text exhibition museum Martena | Copyright Anneline Mook filosofiedepraktijk.nl | Auvergne, September 2016

Curiosity is the key concept in Joyce Ter Weele’s art. Joyce is curious about the practice of combining materials and techniques. Besides this, she arouses both her own and the viewer’s curiosity about the meaning of her work.

Joyce is always looking for something new. She does so by using different techniques in her studio. She follows these actions throughout her creative process. Our imagination is stimulated by figurative and abstract forms of which it is not clear how they relate to each other, demonstrated by a wide variety of shades and refined blue-black keys.

Photography plays an important role as well. Joyce incorporated many photographs that she personally took on her travels abroad into her collages and drawings. These almost unrecognizable images are all photos of places that have been abandoned by their former residents. The places have lost their function. Nature takes up space. But does this mean that these places also lose their meaning?

Joyce does not explain how she wants us to interpret her work, therefore, we have to do it without any references, titles or notes. As spectators we are given free rein and this allows us to lose ourselves in the landscapes. This is exactly how Joyce relates herself to her work between her studio walls: shuffling, sliding, retrieving and wondering. The result is alienation: we cannot look at her work in a certain way and simply come to an obvious conclusion. She makes us doubt our own observations. Viewed from above, from the viewpoint of e.g. a buzzard, the black areas could be mountains or land, or even a river valley. But seen through a microscope, the form may represent minerals. Perhaps we see galaxies? Or something completely different?

Finally, Joyce’s work provides an environment in which we must divert from our regular patterns. We often too quickly put on understanding. Sometimes it’s perfectly fine not to understand everything. That unknown is more than necessary to expand our known framework. The philosopher Hegel warns us against what he calls “the calcified”, the only thing we really should be afraid of. If we only want to see what we already know and ignore the unknown, we don’t add anything to our thinking pattern and our personal experiences. In that case we will freeze, we will “calcify”.

Unfilled areas give calmness according to Joyce. Thus, she provides us with conditions for silence. Silence creates meaning; silence meaning more than just the absence of sounds; silence that arises when we do not engage in the aim of benefit and seek for the familiar.

In the end, there is no meaning in the world. We find meaning that we ourselves put into it. What meaning this is, we can only figure out if it is quiet for a moment, if we postpone our aim for knowing, but hear our own thoughts.
What Joyce makes, is never finished. Neither for herself nor for her spectators. Everytime we see something different, we give a different meaning to what we see. This is what makes her work highly relevant and continually fascinating.


Art academy Minerva | Groningen | 2011- 2015


Public Choice Award | Galerie Pouloeuff | NL | 2018
Nomination STRABAG Art Award | AU | 2017
Winner Coba de Groot Stipendium | NL | 2015
Nomination Klaas Dijkstra Academieprijs | NL | 2015

Commissioned work

2018 | Mural Project #1
Commissioned by Kunstplaza Schurer & DRP Bureau

2018 | Zu Hause mural #2
Commissioned by Zu Hause

Artist in residence

Vondel CS | Amsterdam | 2018
Kunstplaza Schurer | Assen | 2018
Drawing Centre Diepenheim | Diepenheim | 2018
Galerie Pouloeuff | Spacemaker project I | Naarden | 2018
Leipzig International Art Programme | Leipzig Germany | 2019/2020
Bunker aan den Sloterweg | Stichting GINDS | Hoofddorp/ Amsterdam | 2020


Aandacht voor het maakproces
| Leeuwarder Courant | 02.02.2018
Art & Everyday Life
| Mister Motley | 10.01.2018
Tussen kunst en vintage – Jong talent
| Palet Art Magazine | June/ July 2017
Dat smaakt naar meer
| Leeuwarder Courant | 03.02.17 
Ode aan het proces
| Cahier 9 catalogue | Text by Rob Perrée | 01.10.16
Werken tussen vernietiging en rust
| Leeuwarder Courant | 21.10.16
Ode aan werkproces levert geraffineerd tekenwerk op
| Friesch Dagblad | 12.10.16
Laatste solo tentoonstelling Coba de Groot Stipendium
| Franeker Courant | 27.09.16
Het begint met zichtbaarheid
| Kunst & Stad editie 4 2016 | 10.05.16
Een vroege bekroning zegt nog niets
| Weekkrant Den Haag centraal | 28.01.16 |


Catalogue Museum Martena | 01.10.17
Catalogue STRABAG Artaward Internat. | 05.06.17
Catalogue JA! COBA | Coba’s passie album | Stichting Coba de Groot 2005-2017 | 09.04.17


| The curious minds | LIA Winter Rundgang | Leipzig, Germany | Group
| Omani Salon | LIA | Leipzig, Germany | Group
| Pastel Cafébar | Leipzig, Germany | Duo
| Lust(rum) 5 jaar melklokaal! |Melklokaal | Heerenveen | Group
| Streams of Consciousness | Drawing Centre Diepenheim | Group
| On Paper | Gallery Hoorn & Reniers | The Hague | Group
| ‘Een Schop Onder De Ploeg’ |Groninger Forum | Groningen | Group
| ‘TorenkamerEXPO Opium’ | Vondel CS | Amsterdam | Group
| Drawing estafette | Minerva | Groningen | Group
| Parallel | Melklokaal | Heerenveen | Group
| Spacemakers | Galery Poeuleuff
| DOESZevendZes | Laren | Group
| March edition | Kunstplaza Schurer | Assen | Solo
| This Art Fair | Beurs van Berlage | Amsterdam | Group
| Milkshake 3 | Melklokaal | Heerenveen | Group
| Church Adorp | Group
| Winner Stipendium 2015 | Museum Martena | Franeker | Solo
| Art the Hague | Gallery Vonkel | The Hague | Group
| Fragments | Groninger Forum | Groningen | Solo
| ‘Oh natuurlijk’ | CBK Groningen | Group
| Behind the visible | Gallery Vonkel | The Hague | Solo
| ‘Aanwas II’ | Gallery Noord | Groningen | Group
| Crowned | World Trade Center | The Hague | Group
| Art The Hague | Gallery Vonkel | The Hague | Group
| ‘Lichting ’15’ | Gallery Vonkel | The Hague | Group
| Hyper | Graduation show Art Academy | Groningen | Group

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