by Joyce de Gruiter in New Illustration on Thursday 28 March 2013

Femke Hiemstra paints on paper but sometimes it finds its way into little prayer books, small scouting vanes or antique tobacco cans. In these paintings and drawings, Hiemstra’s shapes and objects come to life playing with animals, fantasy creatures and typographics. Her rich imagination tells us a story of a drop dead cute world, but when you look further, you see bizarre skeletons, ghosts and devils in a dark fairytale with strong emotions.