of Dora Dolz
This film portrait of the Spanish
visual artist Dora Dolz, viewed
through the eyes of her daughter,
the filmmaker Sonia Herman Dolz,
illustrates the possibilities
one has to take control of one’s
own life and destiny.
Dora Dolz’ playful, down-to-earth
and accessible work and personality
appeals to people from all walks
of life. She is a ‘working-class
hero’ and a diva at the
same time. She migrated from
Spain to the Netherlands in 1965.
Her capacity to develop from
an isolated outsider into an ‘insider’ is
a universal phenomenon among
expatriates who sometimes have
to fight harder, inwardly as
well as outwardly, than the local
Over a span of thirty years,
Dora Dolz’ many-sided,
trend-setting artwork and monumental
ceramics have put an indelible
stamp on the Dutch and the international
art scene. Presently, she is
at the apex of her creative life.
The film’s purpose is not
to mystify that life, but to
show it as an example of how
one can have a ‘light’ approach
to the weight of reality.
This sparkling film lifts a tip
of the veil of the bountiful
art and soul of Dora Dolz.
december 12, 2007 Jonieke van Es (Boijmans van Beuningen)
interviewed by Chris Vemer (Radio Rijnmond