Posted by: QQmei | March 19, 2014

Hello from Maurice to children

Dear children of Cheng Long,
My name is Maurice Meewisse and I am an artist from the Netherlands. It will be a pleasure for me to come and work with you and hopefully we can build something beautiful.
親愛的成龍國小小朋友們:
我的名字是Maurice Meewisse,我是來自荷蘭的藝術家。能夠來到成龍村和你們一起工作將是我的榮幸,希望我們能夠做出美麗的作品。

Maybe a little bit of background information about the name of my country might be useful: The official name is ‘Kingdom of the Netherlands’, but we always just say ‘the Netherlands’ and some people call it ‘Holland’. And then there is one other strange thing: in English somebody from my country is called ‘Dutch’.
或許先向大家介紹一些有關我的國家的背景資料,會有點幫助: 荷蘭的官方正式全名是「Kingdom of the Netherlands」(尼德蘭王國, 原文即有”低窪之國”的意思),不過我們大多時候只說「Netherlands」(尼德蘭),也有些人稱它為「Holland」(荷蘭, 但其實這只是指尼德蘭王國的某一區域)。另外,還有一件奇怪的事 : 在英文裡,我們荷蘭人則被稱作「Dutch」(音似”德意志”)

There is a saying about the Dutch: ‘God made the world, but the Dutch made the Netherlands’. They say this because a big part of the Netherlands lies below sea level and is protected by dikes, and other parts of the country used to be sea that we turned into land. The Dutch started these kind of works already over a thousand years ago with simple raised pieces of land for farms, to protect them from floods. Over the years there came more of those and they got connected to each other and the first dikes were created. This got a bit out of hand and now over half the country is below sea level behind dikes. This kind of work is the main source of inspiration for my art. I then take up the role of the working man myself or use it to make sculptures.
有個關於荷蘭人的諺語是這樣說的:「上帝創造世界,而荷蘭人創造了荷蘭(低地國)。」大家會這麼說是因為荷蘭有很大一部分土地是在海平面以下,被堤防保護著。其他的國土曾經也在海裡,是後來被我們轉變成陸地的。荷蘭人開始這樣的工程有超過千年的歷史了,在當時只是單純地將把要作為農地的陸地填高以避免水患,多年之後,越來越多的土地因為這樣而相連起來,然後有了第一座海堤。之後仿若一發不可收拾般,海堤越來越多,現在荷蘭有一半的土地低於海平面。這樣不停地勞動工作是我創作的靈感來源,我將會親自扮演起勞動工人的角色,以不停地勞動工作來完成這次的作品。

In Cheng Long I want to give something back to the working man, which in this case is the fisherman. I start with finding huts that need repair work and I will fix them as good as I can. Next to this I want to build a folly, made with ‘copies’ of the repairs. The different parts, walls, a roof, a door and windows will be put together and form a hut. All the parts will probably not fit perfectly together, but will form a beautiful hut, which can be used as a playhouse, a place to have a barbecue or simply to be enjoyed as a sculpture. With this work I hope that you want to help me.
在成龍村的創作裡,我想要回饋一些東西給勞力工作者,也就是漁民。我會從尋找那些需要維修的魚寮開始,然後我會盡我所能修到最好。接著我希望用被我維修過的”複製品”,建造出一間”Folly”(造型怪異荒唐的建築,在此音譯為”活力”魚寮)。它是一間用來自各個不同地方的牆、屋頂、門和窗戶拼組出來的新魚寮。各個部位或許無法完美接合,但必定是間漂亮的魚寮,可以被用作遊戲室、烤肉屋或是被當作純粹的藝術品來欣賞。希望你們能一同幫助我完成這件工作。

Maybe I should tell you something about me. I am 35 years old and married to a beautiful Danish wife, Lise, for already 2.5 years. Together we live in Rotterdam, which is the largest harbour in Europe. We have a nice house on the 2nd floor, where we have an animal walking around, that should (but doesn’t) answer to the name ‘Youssouf’.
或許我應該告訴你們一些關於我的事。我今年35歲,有個美麗的丹麥妻子Lise,我們已經結婚兩年半了。我們一起住在鹿特丹,這是歐洲最大的海港。我們有一間位在二樓的舒適小屋,裡頭我們還養了一隻經常走來走去的動物。那隻動物照理說應該被叫做”Youssouf”,可是牠對這個名字沒有反應。

圖片 001Guess which one is Youssouf and who is Lise😉
猜猜看誰是Youssouf,誰是Lise  ;-)

They asked me to also teach you a little bit Dutch, so here I have some dutch words that could come in handy:
主辦單位請我教大家一點點荷蘭文,所以我準備了一些可以派上用場的荷蘭話:
早安 – goede morgen
你好 – hallo
謝謝 – dank je wel
請  – alstublieft

The longest dutch word is: ‘Hottentottententententoonstelling’
But you don’t have to say that.
最長的荷蘭單字是 :” Hottentottententententoonstelling”
可是你不必學這個字!

And we always tell foreigner to say ‘Scheveningen’.
我們也常教外國人說”Scheveningen”這個字 (音”席凡尼根”,荷蘭著名的海灘渡假聖地)

Below I added a picture of myself in my studio, and yes, I am two meters tall!
以下我放了一張我在我的工作室拍的照片,對,沒錯,我有兩公尺高。

圖片 000

快速上升 – tot snel!
(應該是英文see you later”再見”之意, 但Maurice應該是透過翻譯軟體直譯中文為”快速上升”!!)

Maurice


Responses

  1. Hello Maurice

  2. hello MaurIce

  3. HelloMauricemeewisse

  4. helloMauriceI my name is Carol.

  5. helloMauricemaeNameisLinda

  6. hello maurice

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