Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
In a world full of visual stimuli, Maaike Schoorel (1973, the Netherlands) ensures peace with her minimal, almost white paintings. With the help of photo- graphs she places very light sketches of everyday objects and landscapes on the canvas. Her subtle work refers to classical painting, but through the use of family albums and snapshots, it also becomes a very personal reflection on the world around her. Schoorel's paintings introduce a classical philosophical question: to what extent do humans, when they mimic their environment, become the creator and/or ruler of nature? Schoorel's works are abstractions of images of natural landscapes. She paints photographs but abstracts the image in such a way that it becomes an almost colourless image. The longer you look at the image, the more dynamic it becomes.