Coen Ringeling

1991

Coen Ringeling’s favourite activity at school and at home is drawing. At home he tapes eight A4 sheets of paper together and, lying on the...

Coen Ringeling’s favourite activity at school and at home is drawing. At home he tapes eight A4 sheets of paper together and, lying on the floor, uses a colour pencil to draw worlds on islands that are connected by bridges and dikes. The islands are named Coenny Kingdom, Mauve-Rock Kingdom and Eiland (Island) Kingdom. Fantastic-sounding places such as Moefi Islands, Toy-Toy World and Coeny Worlds Studios are also drawn in minute detail using a felt pen and then coloured in with pencil, all according to ‘Coen’s Laws’. Close examination of the drawings reveals a never-ending series of new elements and optical jokes akin to the work of Ringeling’s idol, M.C. Escher: stairs lead nowhere and houses turn into castles. Ringeling also enjoys referring to computer games with self-invented ‘levels’ such as Level 1: The lost building site; Level 2: The journey to the summit of Mount Crumilu; Level 3: The daring escape from the flying saucer, all forcefully concluded with: „You build them! You steer them! You defeat them!’’