Elsbeth van der Poel

Location: Dalston
Website: www.WorryBoy.com & www.StudioElsbeth.com
Bio:

I'm a visual artist, with a great love for graphic novels, comics and animation.
My biggest project at the moment is called WorryBoy. It is a visual adventure story about depression; the dark depths of depression and the way out.
I have developed it also into a school program for primary schools (mainly Year 5 and Year 6) to bring mental health awareness and empowerment through storytelling and art-making. I am currently working on the graphic novel version.
My biggest fascination is the transformation in life; the hero- and soul-journeys we all make (as described by Joseph Campbell) where we have to come face-to-face with out inner fears or demons, and constantly have to choose to follow our own truth and heart.
This theme comes back in most of my work...and obviously in my life!

Exhibitions:

March 2019 - Viva Zapata at Viva, Dalston - group exhibition
February 2019 - WorryBoy at Reel Rebels Radio, Stoke Newington - group exhibition
February 2019 - April 2019 - WorryBoy at Free Space Project, Kentish Town - In The Mind
December 2018 - Dalston Winter Weekend
September 2018 - Dalston Open Studios - Dalston
March 2018 - WorryBoy series in Lancashire-Mind exhibition - Chorley
Feb 2018 - "Radiant Selfie" in group-exhibition SELFIE - Candid Arts Trust, Angel
Feb 2018 - Wotisart? Magazine feature: Dutch SnailGirl
2016 - 2019 - WorryBoy School Program - Creator and facilitator
Yr 5 and Yr 6's of different London Primary schools got invited into the story and created their own art work.
June 2017 - E17 Art Trail
April 2017 - Interview Art Reveal Magazine (ISBN: 978-1-36-420840-0)
May 2017 - Wapperkids -"Tim Zoekt Een Walvis" (NL)- Children's Picture Book
Illustrated and designed
June 2016 - WorryBoy - A Visual Story - Solo exhibition The Oxford House, Bethnal Green
April 2016 2016 - Let's Be Free Festival Exhibition - First prize - Bear With Me
2015 - Starry Nights "Artists to Look out For" page 89 ISBN: 978-1-329-71514-1
January 2015 - 15115 Solo-Exhibition Studio Stamford Hill, London, UK
2005 - 2016 - Wapperkids books DVDs, posters - Utrecht (NL) sign language illustrations
June 2014 - performance Performance with animation "Flash The Sea" Horsley
April 2014 - Diorama Series Mitsui Sumitomo, London UK
2012 - Sketchbook Project NYC - USA
2009 - Bagazine #3 - Brigitte Helm, Lay Down Your Hair
2007 - Sound Of Drowning - Music Special - Monsoon Bassoon
2004 - 2006 - No18 Small Press #1, #2 Edinburgh & London (UK) - editor & contributing artist
2001 - 2002 - Raaf art publications Breda (NL) - contributing artist
1999 - 2003 - Local Shop Small Press #1 to #8 Breda (NL) - editor & contributing artist
20-30 June 2002 - Breda 750 years - Local Shop (exhibition, performance & animation) Valkenberg Park, Breda, The Netherlands
2001 - Local Shop @ Central Station (installation) Central Station Breda, The Netherlands
July 2000 - Graduation Exhibition NBKS Breda, The Netherlands