Saminte Ekeland

Saminte Ekeland

Saminte Ekeland (1972, Rotterdam) draws with thread. Her works are in essence embroidery drawings. The many-layered artwork of Saminte Ekeland is characterized by its chemical marriage between material, style and content. The ‘canvas’, or carrier, is a transparent artificial fiber: polyester. The thick polyester quality material she works with, as a carrier for her embroidery drawings is the kind being used for manufacturing windows for high-end quality yachts.


In this sense the ‘canvas’ in itself is an important part of what she wants to bring across; it is always a canvas–in–the–world. As paintings or drawings could be viewed as a seduction to the viewer to see through the eyes of the artist, Ekeland’s use of see through thick plastic as the base of her work makes it a literal window to the world.


Her manner of expression has evolved in the last 15 years from abstract collages using paper cut-outs fixed with presentation pins to embroidery drawings of figurative images on artificial fiber. The images are made of thread and nylon stockings, black plastic, sometimes also making use of copper-, silver- and gold thread. The latter is the least expected and hardest to use for embroidery. One work might start off with drawing in acrylic. Sometimes she just starts straight ahead with drawing with yarn. The first step after deciding the subject is always making small sketches.


The source material is either a private image or a photograph she carefully selected from the current or gone by news media.


The form is also driven by the content of her work. In a certain way, the form reflects the content. Or makes a contrast. The technique and material could be sensed as vulnerable and fluid, whereas the subject or theme can be very sharp and harsh.


Ekeland describes herself as an individual anarchist. A characteristic and attitude towards life she was always subconsciously aware of, but came to surface after being grasped by ‘Der Einzige und sein Eigentum’ (1845, Max Stirner). Ekeland: ‘I see this work of Stirner as an ecstatic masterpiece. It is one of the most extreme books ever been written. His iconoclastic egoism is exhilarating and his intellectual precision is splitting, his expression harsh and challenging: ‘Make yourself be heard!’' 


Two of her works were chosen for a show at the Stedelijk Museum Zwolle. She agreed to show them on the condition she was allocated a wall space to exhibit her large scale wall installation entitled ‘ My ideal punk band’, which has been an ongoing project since 2014.
The members of the band were and are, through time selected not so much for their ability as musicians, but rather for their expression and attitude towards life. Some names of the band as it is now are Bertrand Russell, Sid Vicious, Egon Schiele, Muhammed Ali, Henrik Ibsen, Johnny Rotten, but also her partner in life, filmmaker and artist Rolf den Dunnen.

‘It is the anarchistic attitudes of these poets, mavericks, from all draws of life, past, and present that attract Ekeland. 


Portrait by Jan de Bruin


CV Saminte Ekeland

Portfolio Saminte Ekeland 2019





Irregang, 2013

Collection Museum Van Bommel van Dam

Photo by Peter Cox


Prince of Darkness, 2011

Exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Zwolle "Mannen door Vrouwen" in 2014

Private collection


Lex Barbarorum XXV - Angela Y. Davis

Private collection


Island II, 2013

Collection Museum Van Bommel Van Dam

Photo by Peter Cox







I am the Greatest II, 2010

Collection Hogeschool Rotterdam



My Ideal Punk Band

Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, 2014