I always thought in images, never in words. Maybe that is why I painted before I could speak.” Liedewey smiles: “I still don’t like to talk much.” That she was remarkably talented is apparent from the fact that she sold her first painting when she was eleven.
The famous painter Karel Appel, whom she met in 1981, immediately recognized her young talent and advised her to develop her technical abilities in New York. Naturally she followed his advice. Liedewey moved to New York, where she was admitted to the prestigious Art Student League. After her return to the Netherlands she continued her technical development by taking private lessons from various painters, among whom Rob Hessels.
Liedewey’s paintings are inspired by impressions from her surroundings: photographs, films and television, fragments of conversations. Clearly, eastern mysticism also plays a role. “Though my father never talks about the fact that he is from Java, I think this may be a subconscious influence.”
Liedewey works with the most diverse materials: photographs, prints, found objects and “anything that is paint”: spray cans, lacquer, acrylic paint, oil paint.Her paintings are colourful “like my character” and rich in humour. “I always put in something funny. That makes my work more interesting. Some see it right away, but now and again I get a phone call when, after years, something new has been discovered in one of my paintings.”