Joline Kwakkenbos draws her artistic language and colours from her own imagination. Her work describes an ever-changing self-portrait. This self-portrait is formed by time, by the colours and sounds from her reality and the meaning of her uncontrollable dream world.
She starts her working process by describing and documenting dreams that contain the symbolism and language for her visual work in detail. These stories describe adventures in worlds formed by symbolism and meaning of colour. For example, through the body of a young woman Kwakkenbos walks the high yellow mountains, which symbolise a harvest of joy, and meets figures that give her a new perspective on her own existence. By visualising these stories, a subject or concept emerges and a dialogue starts between her words and the paintings. The subjects are youth, the self-portrait, sexuality and friendship. Here Kwakkenbos explores the connection between reality and her adventures in the unreal dream world.
The colours in the work are bright and powerful, as they are experienced by Kwakkenbos when her eyes are closed. The colours serve as a diary, they describe emotions such as desire, sadness and happiness. In her paintings, for example, the 'red' book symbolises an intense friendship and the 'yellow' mist a lost but contented feeling. In her paintings, you often see an interaction between several figures, something that often occurs in her dreams. The physical contact between different bodies often describes a connection between the youth, the now and her desires. In her figurative representations Kwakkenbos searches for the meaning of her existence, she approaches life in reality as a theatre play in which her written stories serve as a script, the people around her perform and her dream world forms the backdrop.