Nynke_portret_ZWNynke van Zwol (1972) graduated from the Wackers Academy of Fine Art Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2015.

Before studying Art, she graduated in Linguistics and has worked for several years as a clinical and forensic linguist. Language has always been an important factor in her life and work.

Her fascination with ancient undeciphered scripts has led to the construction of her own asemic script that she uses to build pages from non-existing books. Asemic writing is meaningless on purpose, but is universally recognizable as language and evokes a sense of wonder in the viewer: “What does it mean?” This wonder is exactly what the artist wants to achieve.

The artist has developed a unique method of working. She dyes paper with watercolor, using the wet-in-wet technique. After drying and pressing the paper, she uses it in collages and creates the abstract shape of writings. She finds her inspiration for these shapes in medieval European manuscripts, antique Arabic calligraphy and old Japanese scrolls.




Fine Art, Wackers Academy of Fine Art Amsterdam, 2015

Speech and Language Pathology, Hogeschool Utrecht, 2005

Linguistics, Leiden University, 1998

Arabic, Leiden University, 1995

Philosophy, Leiden University, 1995