"Rainer Maria Rilke begins his poem “The Presentation of Mary in the Temple” by summoning the reader to an inner descent fraught with danger. In creating an internal architecture and the struggle of walking its space, the poet readies those willing to take on this task for a vision of the Feminine. Location and structure serve as backdrops for the activity of the imagination, elements common to the work of our featured artist Bianca Daalder.

To find a safe haven where the psyche can be revealed seems a running motif throughout Daalder’s life. Raised in the Dutch avant-garde world of theater, Bianca began to study art resulting in drawing and stage design. The work of Rene Magritte, Hieronymus Bosch, Paul Delvaux, and Edvard Munch were creative influences which gave encouragement to her exploration of dreams and symbolism in contrast to the growing focus in Europe of Abstract Expressionism.

Her personal resistance to adapt to this current artistic trend linked with a consistent urge to manifest form from inner life provided the friction that allowed psychology and art to co-exist. Since immigrating to the United States in the early 1970’s, Bianca has persisted in the path of discovering “home” as both artist and analyst. In 2007 she was certified by the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California, which paralleled her continued interest in making and exhibiting art.

Creative work can reveal a redemptive aspect. Images collect as pieces for future reconstruction of an original identity, a story once lost. Bianca Daalder’s paintings are stark scenes and theater sets for human drama. They narrate mysteries which straddle the personal and the mythic. Very often they leave the viewer with questions rather than answers but ultimately, her work provides an enriched vision of the Feminine."

by Nancy Mozur in "About the Artist," Psychological Perspective, Volume 51, Issue 1/2008

see some more images reproduced in this issue in the following pages