TNF Forest‘ Art Guyane by Roddney Tjon Poen Gie

TNF Forest‘ Art Guyane by Roddney Tjon Poen Gie

Roddney Tjon Poen Gie participation in Forest Art Guyane, French Guiana


After hopefully a wonderful years end and a promising start of the new year to all, at Readytex Art Gallery we have transitioned into 2018 with many good intentions and great plans in mind. We kick them off with our first Thursday-Night-Feature (TNF) on Thursday January 4th. On this evening visual artist Roddney Tjon Poen Gie will give a presentation about his participation in ‘Forest‘ Art Guyane 2017’ in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana, in November 2017.

During this project in a national forest, various artists transformed 7 fallen or dead trees into artistic public art installations, inspired by the theme ‘Libi makandra’ (Living together). As the only non-Frenchspeaking artist, Tjon Poen Gie worked on a horizontally positioned Wakapou (Brown heart) trunk of more than 6 meters long and between 40-50 centimeters in diameter, during the entire week. In it he sculpted two figures with their backs against each other, thereby symbolizing that the two neighboring countries Suriname and French Guiana ‘should have each others back’.

If you would like to learn more about the ‘Forest’ Art Guyane 2017’ project, and about the creative process leading up to Roddney Tjon Poen Gie’s sculpture there, then come join us at his presentation on the TNF at Readytex Art Gallery on Thursday January 4th.

The doors of the gallery are open from 7:00 – 9:00 pm and the presentation starts at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome!