About Me

I began as a professional dreamer. I studied the beautiful Dutch clouds during school.

Besides dreaming, I daily played the piano for hours, sang, composed, followed acting lessons, loved the stage, was into sports and wrote in my personal notebook during the nights.

When I was 18 years old I entered dramaschool in Amsterdam,
but it turned out that that was too much drama.
I changed the stage for television, acting for presenting and had my own television program for children. Then I hooked up with the wrong marine
and grew up.

When I was 28 years old, a friend asked me to look after his camera for a day.

That seemed fun, because I’d never made a photo before. I walked around town and started to capture what I observed.

It was a magical moment to realize that my love for observing, my view on the world, my many interests could be expressed in a visual image. From that day on photography was my complete existence.
I signed up for Fine Art studies in Holland, because I felt more like a visual artist using photography as my medium, than a photographer.

In my third year of academy, I found a book about life in the Daitoku-ji, zen buddhist temple in Kyoto.

It was my introduction to zen buddhism and Kyoto.

Even though I’d never meditated before and didn’t knew anything about Japan, I strongly felt that I had to go to Kyoto and meditate in the same temple as in the book, and so I did.
I found a University nearby the Daitoku-ji temple where I could follow analogue photography class and where they could teach me how to make washi paper (I have a paper fetish) as an exchange student.

I was reborn in the Daitoku-ji zen temple in Kyoto. I felt totally free and very much me again.

After meditation I walked into the bamboo forest and made abstract nature series.

Here I started my ongoing zen series.

Besides zen there is chaos. A lot of chaos.

All the other works I create comes out of chaos and frustration.
After creating such work I need to be offline in nature again.

After chaos comes zen after zen comes chaos.

Marije ter Weele

Een leven lang in het Bamboebos

As posted on: GEENZEN Tekst © Ron Sinnige / geen zen | Beeld © Marije ter Weele Op zondag 26 juli 2015 hield ik in...

Embodied Void – Doors of Daitokuji

  I spoke with Ron Sinnige about ‘Embodied Void’ and my art. He wrote about it in four parts on his blog GEENZEN. In Part...

De Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender 2016

Woot, Woot  the Big Amsterdam Art Calendar 2016 is published and my work is in it. No meat, but 3 kilo of fresh art. Every...

Why Beauty Matters

Why Beauty Matters is a 2009 British documentary film written and presented by the philosopher Roger Scruton. He argues for the importance and transcendental nature...

New Dutch Photography Talent 2017

The opening exhibition and booklaunch of New Dutch Photography Talent 2017 was fun! Hereby an impression…