The Dutch Mother and Daughter Launch a New Series Exploring Hereditary Talent
“I think you’re born with it,” says illustrator Pieke Stuvel to her daughter, the leading model Anna de Rijk, on how creativity runs through the family. In the first instalment of our new series, Genealogy, NOWNESS regular Leigh Johnson captures the effervescent energy of their relationship at the family’s pop-infused home in Overveen, a small town in North Holland. Since establishing herself in the art world with abstract, free-flowing illustrations for the likes of French and Dutch Elle, Stuvel has watched her daughter’s career flourish as the face of Prada, Vera Wang and Sonia Rykiel. “Until I was 14, I wrote poetry, joined drawing clubs and made miniature houses,” says de Rijk, a frequent muse of Viviane Sassen. “Then slowly I started to rediscover these passions during my travels and time alone working as a model.” Stuvel, who is currently penning a new book on DIY fashion, adds, “what we all have in common is the need to express ourselves.” Here, the mother-and-daughter reveal their artistic pursuits, family philosophy, and lesser-known talents.
Anna de Rijk: Video, or ink and paper.
Pieke Stuvel: Drawing.
ADR: A series of performance videos. I’m into physical theatre and dance; modeling maybe feeds into that.
PS: A new book on how to make easy clothes and recycling tips, designing a wall hanging and cushions for Capsicum/Amsterdam as well as painting pottery.
ADR: I've always felt motto-less. I think we were brought up pretty free. My parents are very inspiring in many ways, but mostly in how they always passionately follow their own interests and create their own work.
PS: Count your blessings.
Best thing you’ve seen lately–not your own:
ADR: The short movie La Jetée from Chris Marker.
PS: A dance movie I just saw on TV, Deep End Dance, by David Bolger.
ADR: Daydreaming. I also seem to have a talent for chaos.
PS: Not so very hidden, but we all long every now and then to be on our own. It's not particularly a talent, but I think that time alone feeds our talents.
ADR: My mum always makes a pick ’n’ mix–she throws things together without a recipe and it always tastes really nice. A lot of garlic, and a lot of olive oil.
PS: Books by William Steig, Arnold Loebel, Annie M.G. Schmidt and Roald Dahl.
ADR: Living in New York! I haven't been there for a year, so going to spend the whole summer there. And, creatively, this summer I've been feeling like portraying people around me; registering momentary contact and intimacy in video, and ink, and on paper.
PS: Working until autumn; after that maybe a cycling tour somewhere in Holland with Anna's father Martijn.
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Through the bustle of Manhattan’s busy streets, down a nondescript hallway and into American Ballet Theater’s bright NYC studios, one of the world’s preeminent male dancers, David Hallberg, invites us into his fervid world in this dynamic short by director Eric K. Yue. “It’s less about the dance or context of a story, but rather a state of mind,” says Yue of his glimpse into the dancer’s tender preparation. “David makes the most difficult and complex moves seem effortless and elegant.” Contemporary Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds’ track “Brim” taken from From Now I am Winter accompanies the progressive movement as Hallberg leaps through the space, twisting and contorting to original choreography created specifically for this film, by friend and fellow ABT dancer Marcelo Gomes. “There was no preconceived notion of how a role has been portrayed in the past, like Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty,” says Hallberg of performing for the short, which was produced by Forever Pictures. “It is really intimate because the camera is so close, whereas at the Met you have to project to an audience hundreds of feet away.” Principal dancer at New York’s American Ballet Theater, the Dakotan bridged the transatlantic gap in a historic milestone as the first American to join Moscow’s prestigious Bolshoi Ballet in 2011, now spanning the distance as leading man at both. The cultural polymath dominated the pages of April’s American Vogue, shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz in a dramatic editorial, and he also featured in the latest issue of CR Fashion Book, now seating him firmly in the eye-line of the fashion masses, and dance enthusiasts, alike.
David wears white shirt by SIKI IM, khaki pants and shoes by Marc Jacobs.