"It's not easy to define all the words in this little box, but yes, I would like to mention some: If something that exists and is known as out of the box is Kim's concept of representing the art she makes and her way of presenting in her Confession Drawings, is very impressive, like the way she explains everything bad or good is something resembles her "strong-willed" and the inner "lioness is roaring and moving with prestige" like she wanted to say don't think life is unfair, keep on moving and keep doing the work/stuff you love, that's what I see in her."
"I want to express my appreciation and love for your work. And the results of your labor, I especially want to encourage you to continue to create."
"This work story by Kim Engelen, this great Dutch and intercontinental artist is the best present that I could have ever received for my birthday. I have been always deeply impressed by the way Kim is able to express life in motion in her works of art. Art, in Engelen's perspective is far from being something static hanging on a wall or jailed in a museum as art is usually presented to us. It is a personalized experience where the spectator is integral part of the piece of art. Her still non written manifesto is that feelings experienced by the public faced to a work of at, are also works of art that leave in the viewer the impression of being also the artist, and the artist instead of putting herself forward, abandons voluntarily her ego and becomes a facilitator. Thus, art creates an energy that is not only the one of the artist herself but also the energy of many people, of the many emotions and feelings put together. Thank you dearest Kim Engelen for this beautiful present I'll never forget!"
"You are a great artist, your work has a lot of strength and originality. I congratulate you and I admire you.👏👍😉🧐😍"
"Oh wow!!! I absolutely loved the text! Thank you very very much for taking your time to get to know me and my practice, this is one of the most wonderful birthday gifts I ever received. I love the drawing! Hearty thank you!"
"It is my pleasure to be her Art Friend. I hope that her art works are known to people all over the world."
"I participated in her performance "Dual-Selfie" after her lecture "What is Performance Art?" I like the art works by Kim Engelen."
"The reason for being an Art Friend is not that difficult to state. This is the most "legal" way to be able to contribute to the costs that Kim Engelen has to incur, to let us sympathize with the experiences of an artist who is full of ideas. I have known Kim for some time and admire her great dedication."
"I am the one who encouraged Kim to start a club of Art Friends—to get more in touch with people who are interested in her work and to raise some extra money for activities. I want to stay informed about Kim's work, since I am curious about her artworks."
"Hello, I am Youp Kilkens, the hairdresser of Kim. I got to know her in my chair and every time she is here we have a lot to tell each other. So I also know about the work she does, and art interests me, so I followed her through her website on the internet. That's how I then became an Art Friend... who wouldn't want to be an Art Friend of a fine artist?"
"I have become an Art Friend out of sheer curiosity about the artistic world of artists and art. And like this I can follow it from a very close distance and yet at a safe distance."
"I became an Art Friend of Kim because she is a cool, nice and a great artist!"
"I like to be an Art Friend!"
"I have become a Art Friend because as a jogger I participated in the performance "The Life of a Jogger", after which I wanted to continue to follow Kim Engelen's art projects."
"Through the project "The Life of a Jogger" I have become acquainted with the work of Kim Engelen. And since then I have been following with interest which new artistic ideas she is developing. She surprises me time and time again and I hope that she will/can continue for a long time."
"I like to stay out of the limelight myself, but I like to watch an artist who is making it and to experience this from close by."
"I support Kim and art."
"I have become an Art Friend of Kim Engelen, because I think art & culture is important. By supporting an artist I want to give a heart to contemporary Dutch art."
"I became an Art Friend because I think Kim and her projects are very special. By contributing—by becoming an Art Friend—I hope that Kim's unique ideas can be realised."
"I became an Art Friend because as an audio engineer I am mainly concerned with audio and now I can follow an artist who works expressively (artistically) with audio ánd image."
"I do it to support a fellow artist."
"I became an Art Friend through the project "The Life of a Jogger". I thought it was great to see how a sport can translate into an art project. A project that helps people to move more and is more than art. I also like to sit behind the computer and this project was updated online every day. That is how I started to follow it."
"I have become an Art Friend because I like to keep myself busy (as a teacher) with development. And what Kim does in her work also has to do with that. She is currently working on themes such as communication and language, which she interweaves with such things as power positions, emigration and exposure. I follow her kimengelen.tumblr.com blog and wanted to follow her as well as an Art Friend."
"I am curious what an artist does. What are her duties? What do artists think of? But most of all I seek inspiration, and art and artists inspire."
"When Kim, now many years ago, registered as a participant for my website, I was pleasantly surprised by her versatility and activities. I can proudly report that I have been able to help her with the realisation of the boek "The Face of a Jogger". And now I am even more proud of the fact that I can officially call myself her Art Friend!"