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Ymke Hemminga (1974) was born in Waddinxveen, a village of Benoni-esque boredom in the Netherlands, she spent years thinking whilst cycling, drawing, dreaming of uninterrupted horizons, and writing, padded with a fair amount of faffing. After traveling, studying fine arts in SA, studying creative- and play-writing in Amsterdam, she landed in South Africa permanently in 2003, where an uninterrupted horizon was found on a smallholding in Boschkop east of Tshwane.

Scratch the Surface/Ymke has been illustrating and writing free lance since 1999, the keyword here is analog! Un-photo-shopped pen and ink scribbles often accompanied by long limbed, poetic cursive writings.
In 2009 she started her own range of A5 postcards and illustrated crockery because there is so much white crockery in the world…and she still scribbles freelance for magazines, logo’s, invitations, books and private commissions.

What inspires?

“All absurd and beautiful aspects of being human. People and their ornaments and inventions. That there are people out there dedicating their lives to inventing ‘rubber-pet-brushing-gloves’ or saving whales or being Nelson Mandela or Paris Hilton. Human beings seem to be the kings and queens of distraction from the dazzling responsibility that we humans, as opposed to say a Cocker Spaniel, can think, feel, speak, laugh and choose.”

“Trying to find the humour in mundane daily acts, like doing dishes and groceries etc. Collecting and creating moments or items that evoke a grin or a giggle, I have to find humor in everything or else…no seriously I think its all we’ve got to rise above ourselves, to connect and evolve.

Which item of yours best expresses current South African cultural relevance and why??

“I have decided to not try to make work of any cultural relevance except maybe human culture as I have no idea how half naked, birdlike males doing housework relate to any culture or even to me being a Dutch born South African re- rooted female?”

– YMKE HEMMINGA –

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