Jonkhout’s current project is a video-installation about her great-grandmother; Mies Vonk-Kiepe (1891-1984).
Vonk-Kiepe was passionate about becoming a renowned writer, poet and philosopher, but was never successful. Alienated on both professional- and personal front by her inability to choose to commit to either one, leaves her falling between the cracks. Her life concluded in isolation, suffering and bitterness. The work is about a woman that had lived through great historic times, had opportunities for love and happiness, but could not see anything but herself and her own misery.
The video shows the dark side of ambitions and dreams; what does it mean to be forgotten, is it the same as to have never existed? Rosanne Jonkhout’s (1991) work is a manifestation of her frustration as to why this happens to people. How do we handle people that don't conform to society's norm. How do you help a suffering person; do they need a diagnosis? When do they need sympathy? When do they need tough love?
Jonkhout uses her great grandmother to give voice to the muffled side of society that deals with emotional turmoil. Her attempt to hear her great-grandmother’s pain through countless preserved diaries, poems, letters, essays and manuscripts is a loving outreach to mend a broken heart that stopped beating 31 years ago.
Rosanne Jonkhout made another work about her great-grandmother in her second year at the art academy. To view this project click here.