“These houses are what makes our city Paramaribo”
PARAMARIBO, Suriname–Visiting her home country after travels that took her around the world, painter Patricia Ma Ajong is exhibiting her paintings at the Suriname Alcohol Company –SAB- and the Royal House of Art in Royal Torarica Resort –both in Paramaribo-, throughout December. The expo, titled Overeind staan [Staying Upright], features small paintings of characteristic old wooden Surinamese houses.
Describing the works on display, writer Marieke Visser relates: “They’re all square paintings of modest size, on acryl and canvass, void of distracting proof of human presence behind the windows. The paintbrush stroked generously over the paintings, almost as if the painter was thinking ‘that is how much paint there should really be on those old walls.” Ma Ajong herself describes her work as impressionistic surrealism: “for me it wasn’t really about achieving perfectionism, but rather about what I could portray with a couple of brush strokes.”
Born in Suriname in 1960, Patricia studied graphic design in Paris, France in the eighties. She also lived in Suriname and Jakarta, Indonesia, where she was trained in oil paint techniques. After moving to the Netherlands in 2005, she studied at the Free University in The Hague. “The move to Holland, the country of the big masters and abundance of creative podiums has taken my work to higher dimensions: learning how to create from within your source,” she writes on her website .
This is not the first time Patricia exhibits her work in Suriname; her first expo, titled “Flying Eye” was held in Gallery Steinhoff in February 2009.
She reveals that her true purpose for being in Suriname, is setting up the museum of the Suriname Rumhouse on the SAB premises. The rumhouse opens on December 10th. “But I couldn’t resist showing some of my work while I am here. I do paint people and birds, but this time I wanted to exhibit my houses. The Surinamese house from the 19th century is disappearing from the Paramaribo scene and with it a piece of our history. Can someone safe them? I hope to be able to spark those kinds of emotions within people who come to see my expo,” she says, as explanation to why the expo is titled Staying Upright [Overeind staan].
The expo is open till December 14th at the Royal House of Art, Hotel Royal Torarica, Paramaribo, Suriname. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:00-15:00 hrs, Sat 11:00-13:00 hrs, Wed & Fri 18:00-20:30 hrs. From the 15th it moves to the Suriname Rumhouse, SAB-terrain, Cornelis Jongbawstraat, Paramaribo, Suriname. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-15:00 hrs.
Source: the website DevSur, which has one primary objective; allowing a peek beyond the news from Suriname.