Job Koelewijn (1962, Spakenburg) responded with 'Relief' to Vincent van Gogh's letter from 21 May 1883.
Literature is at least as important to Job Koelewijn as his visual art. In fact, he has found a successful way to combine the two. Since February 2006, he has spent at least 45 minutes a day reading aloud and recording himself. He makes installations of the books he has read and the cassette tapes, the result of many hours of reading aloud.
Out of all the letters, Koelewijn was sent letter 345, in which Van Gogh emphasises the importance of literature:
‘I refuse to accept that a painter may or must do nothing but paint. I mean that while many regard, for instance, reading books or something else as what they’d call a waste of time, it seems to me on the contrary that [...] one works more and better as a result.’
This inspired Koelewijn to read all 902 of Van Gogh’s letters aloud.