Belgian artist transforms home into giant doodle pad

Turning child’s play into a fully-fledged adult pass time

Olivia Petter
Monday 02 April 2018 19:05
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Artist 'Jook' transforms home into giant doodle pad

Imagine the excitement of bringing your unhinged childhood fantasies to life in adulthood.

Whether it’s leaving your bed unmade, keeping your hat on in the house or maintaining that money really does grow on trees, indulging in whatever might’ve landed you in trouble as a child boasts undeniable anarchic appeal as an adult.

This is certainly true for Belgian illustrator Jook Neyrinck, whose childhood dreams of drawing all over the walls, completely uninhibited, have come true, as she has transformed her entire home into a giant doodle pad.

The 36-year-old artist has created the dream home for artists who thrive off spontaneity 

Yes, really. Every wall in her house has been stripped and painted white and artistically vandalised by Neyrinck’s intricate drawn worlds.

It’s a thrill for the visual artist’s young son, who can draw freely in the bathroom using wipe-away pens.

The 36-year-old’s artwork regularly depicts surrealistic scenes, featuring bizarre monster-like creatures and avant-garde, abstract figures.

The idea of the doodle home is that it gives Neyrinck and her family the opportunity to delve into their artistic imaginations with total spontaneity, allowing them to reflect their deepest subconscious thoughts through their artwork.

(Jook Neyrinck

“By quickly drawing, barring any conscious thought, I am giving as much room as possible to my imagination,” she writes on Bored Panda.

“Soon after they are created, it’s as though my doodles have a life of their own.

"I want them to have all the room they need to flourish.”

(Jook Neyrinck

In addition to decorating her entire home with her doodles, Neyrinck has also taken to drawing on her clothes and shoes.

(Jook Neyrinck

“I have set my doodles free. I have let them loose, straight from my subconscious, into the world,” she adds.

Neyrinck graduated with a BA in graphic design in 2003 and regularly exhibits her pop-surrealism murals and doodle drawings around the world; she was also a finalist for the Lumen Art Prize in 2014.

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