About the Book
Trained as scenographer, brought up in a stained glass atelier and working as an artist Sunny van Zijst searches the boundaries and the syntheses off these very different disciplines. The Magnum opus project was born around the theme of alchemy. Is glass not making something out of nothing? Glass as such has no form, color or appearance, only by working the material it can by purified into matter and form. Alchemy is the search for everlasting life, transmutation of mind and matter into the purest form. this book is about the first four installations of a still growing series.
Trained as a theatrical designer at the Fontys Academy for Plastic Arts in Tilburg, the Netherlands, the development of Sunny van Zijst as plastic artist clearly shows that –fortunately- theatre, in itself, has nothing to do with stage sets or actors in costumes, contrary to what is generally regarded as its sole end result.” As Mireille Houtzager writes about Van Zijst’s work. “In fact, true theatre –real drama- is played out in depiction of the interaction between things and people. She has fully grasped not only the message to be conveyed but also the medium used to put it across and the difference between appearance and substance. Van Zijst knows how to transform her narratives, her stories and her messages onto matter which is charged with tension and suspense, matter infused with imagination and form. Playing with expectations and effects, causing the forces of repulsion and attraction to inspire the revulsion which goes with goosepimles and the awe.