Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
The mental state of one's mind amidst grieving as art
Marijke Loosjes is a West Australian born artist. She works in the ephemeral area of performance art as well as the more corporeal ones of photography and sculpture.
Since graduation from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in 2011, she has mounted a number of exhibitions and performances both here and in Europe.
Dame Edith Sitwell, Marike Loosjes (Photograph by Aaron McPolin), portrait of Jeanne Hebuterne by Amadeo Modigliani
Loosjes is a striking figure, tall, slender and elegant with much of the natural lean grace of an Afghan Hound in movement - a miracle of controlled passion. Her face is that of a Renaissance Madonna, calm and beautiful. She looks like Dame Edith Sitwell painted by Modigliani, other-worldly and omniscient.
The wordless performance consists of the four stages of grief as understood by Loosjes - acceptance, pain, adjustment and connection. Different to those postulated by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, but no less valid.
Accompanied by music Ms Loosjes strips herself metaphorically and literally naked, allowing us to look into her soul as with minimal props she vividly and movingly embodies the emotions and facets of loss.
The forty-five minutes of the show held the audience at Paper Mountain's Common Room absolutely spell-bound. Not a cough, not a shuffle of a foot, just rapt silence.
There is a portion of her performance on Vimeo that can be viewed here. (Mature viewing)
A young artist that will repay watching, Loosjes has a great future ahead of her.
Very Highly Recommended Indeed.
Marike Loosjes in performance in Drowning (Photograph by Shaun Ferraloro)