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Oxygen by Seaweed

Acryl, Ink and conté on paper

13 x 22 cm

Serie The Ocean Breathes daily painting

during Corona Lockdown

unica  p.s.  300 eu

No Oxygen Daily Corona Papers Since March 2020

Below painting: 21 x 13 cm acrylic, conté and ink (partly exhibited in Cobra Museum August 2020)

Since the lockdown in March 2020, since the outbreak of the pandemic, I have created a series of paintings, drawings and objects. Every day I made a painting with acrylic paint, a drawing with ink or a small paper object with the idea of a lack of oxygen due to Corona. In March 2021 the pandemic still on, it is a large series that, from her studio, is a personal reflection on this radical period.

A publication of all the works of art from one year will be for sale from April 2021.

All the works are together will be a model for a future exhibition. For more information and sale please contact


No Air Corona Oxygen Series Nieuw Dakota March 2020

This work is based on the bioluminescent quality of various oceanic algae, a constant source of inspiration in the work of Margot Berkman.
Nieuw Dakota is proud to present a selection of submissions from our Corona Archives. The Corona Archives is the first initiative in the Netherlands to put Covid-19 on the agenda from an artistic perspective. From March 15, artists, thinkers and writers will share their stories and express social isolation, worry, anger, fear, despair. The entries show menacing undertones and how we subdue them with reason, humor, measures and our personal daily life.
Corona connects us all: “His audacity makes clear to us something that we already knew but could not yet estimate very well: at how many levels we are interconnected, everywhere, and the complexity of the world in which we live is social, political. , economic, but also interpersonal and psychological cohesion. ” (Paulo Giordano, In times of contamination, March 2020) The translocal connection of the world becomes visible in the standstill. That standstill creates a new domain. How will this new domain take shape and how will corona change our lives? We do not want to miss this moment when the individual and the collective, far away and near, are so sharply redefined.
Nieuw Dakota does this by monitoring society for a longer period of time, imagining it and yet also celebrating it. Like the pandemic, we go through three phases:

Artcommission for Amstelveen

Work in progress – bijna gereed …..


Atelier Margot Berkman has been commissioned by the City of Amstelveen to realize a large work of art in the public area for the Keizer Karelplein in Amstelveen. The research for the preliminary design has started and will be presented to the residents. The artwork will be placed in spring 2020.


100 years of Electoral Rights for Women in the Netherlands

100 years of Electoral Rights for Women in the Netherlands – Library of the Monastery in Wittem, The Netherlands,  7th until 29th September 2019.


In 2019, Electoral Rights for Women in the Netherlands is 100 years old. Curator Annette Reiff has invited 100 leading female artists to show their work in the beautiful Monastery of Wittem. A work from the series The Ocean Breathes is on show.


This drawing in chalk, ink and paint, represents for me the femininity of the sea, the golden source of our existence. A bioluminescent, luminous form in the infinite deep black. The Ocean Breathes and gives oxygen and strength.


(Margot Berkman 2019)

with oa. Lydia Schouten, Mirjam Abraas, Caren van Herwaarden, Vera Hilger ea.