Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Eveline Kolijin, BFA, ASA



Eveline Kolijin, Breath of Life Lamp


Eveline Kolijn is a Dutch-Canadian artist whose interest in the biological sciences and concern for the environment is expressed through printmaking and sculptural installations made from found synthetic materials. Her interests were encouraged by an international childhood spent in France, Venezuela, Belgium, the Dutch Antilles, the Netherlands and Australia.

Natural history has always permeated her life. She grew up in the Caribbean, where she and her family collected and corresponded on Caribbean shells, building an extensive and well-documented collection. In 2008, the collection was donated to Naturalis, the museum of natural history in Leiden, the Netherlands. A variety of ideas on evolution influenced her upbringing as well. From books on this topic she absorbed images depicting visible and invisible life and connected them with the forms and patterns found on the beach and in the sea.

Eveline received a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the Rijks Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands, in 1986. In 1997 she immigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen in 2003. In 2008 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the


Eveline Kolijin, Sublime Waste

Alberta College of Art and Design and was recipient of the Governor General’s Academic medal. She has exhibited her art nationally and internationally. Her art has been published in various scientific publications, most recently on the June 2015 cover of Genome Research. She has presented on the relationship between art and science at an EMBO conference in Heidelberg in 2012. In 2013, she was an artist in residence at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She is currently an Extended Studies instructor at the School of Continuing Education at the Alberta College of Art +Design in Calgary.



Eveline Kolijin, Metabolic Rift

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Eveline: Most of my work involves printmaking. An important line of investigation has been printing on objects and folded shapes. My most recent series explores the concept of Metabolic Rift. Karl Marx came up with the term “metabolic rift” to explain the crack or rift that capitalism has created between social and natural systems, humans and nature. This rift, he claimed, led to the exploitation of the environment and ecological crisis. Marx argued that we humans are all part of nature and he was also the first one who saw social societies as an organism with a metabolism similar to that of humans.

ASA:  What would you consider to be your most successful body of work to date?

Eveline: An important body of work has been creating intricate cutouts from reclaimed Styrofoam food containers and cups.  Not wanting to discard a Styrofoam container after one fleeting, single use, I started to cut intricate patterns in it. This led to a body of work, in which each lace like pattern references an environmental issues in our world today.



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