Englisch Information

Artist Statement’s

Art is a game with the thing,

the thing is an object,

the object is material in a form

the game consists of signs,

signs formed into a meaning,

the artwork.

Questioning the object.

Chaos.

Desire result in an action.

Order is the result.

form

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Radical order

It is only about the appearance of the object.

The appearance (of the object) takes the function.

An object which solely reflects the memory of what it could have been.

Introduction

My artworks are projects, which mainly result in installations. With in a theme I research materials, objects and photographs, on there history, context or appearance. Question’s arise,

What’s there story? Why they are kept? What’s there cultural or emotional value? Why are they placed like that?

Than the process of making starts. I search, collect, photograph copy, past, cut, turn, touch, copy, print, sculpt, draw, construct, deconstruct and finally I install. The way I present my work is very important, than the work is fixed for one moment. How and where the objects are placed gives the content to the artwork. I think it is the object-subject relation that gives  meaning to the artwork. I believe that everything returns and becomes something new.

The desire towards the object

Important themes in my work are materialisation, the importance and the emotion we tent to give to objects. The duality between materialisation and the metaphysical.The construction and deconstruction of our society, and the preservation of our history. The tension between temporality and the urge to conserve. My installations have a strong resemblance with archeological and historical museum presentations, where objects are shown from there function and context.

A lot of work find its origins in the (natural)history museum. There will be shown objects from their function. These objects have a story where they come from. Have been damaged by their long existence. Show signs of their history. I find a lot of objects interesting, there for I copy them, draw them or photograph them. Just to understand them. It is my collection for in a cabinet of curiosities.

By Flag, Raise your flag declare independence, 

On strong constructions gets the exploration of the process meaning by the ambiguous choice of materials: combinations of substances, paint and ill-treated tables. The fabric folds to sculptural forms and sometimes degenerate to flags, which political connotations suggest.

Chemicalminedfields, 

A (re)construction of an ancient world.

Chemicalminedfield a ( re) construction of an ancient world, is to be viewed as an total installation. It takes place in a room and is set up as a museum presentation. Not an art museum, but an Nature history museum. There are drawings, which reverence to scientific drawings, they are made to give an interpretation of the object. There are objects made of plaster, which give an interpretation of the beings. The object could be an fossil or a copy of an object found years ago.

The installation reveres to a diorama. The objects maybe don’t have the outer appearance that they are important, but the way of placement makes them looks that they matter. In a group of objects in a showcase or placed on a platform. The objects are part of a bigger collection, which is growing every time the installation is shown.

The installation tells a story, which is not completely clear for the audience. It is the story of something that could have been. I want to ask a question about authenticity and the experience of authenticity. By bringing the created objects in context of reality, there forms a new perception and a fictional truth that, as an artist, I can direct.

By doing this there arises a new to explore relation. The thought that evolves from this relation comes together by a personal perception and a universal perception. Chemicalminedfields was on display in 2013 at The Centre of arts, In Groningen.

Neo Lithos

For the education project Undercover Artist of the Groninger Museum I made four photo collages. As an artist I was invited to create a work based on the permanent collection, and I chose the sacrificial ax from the archaeological collection as the starting point for my work.

The ax was buried in a tomb during the Stone Age, presumably by loved ones of the deceased. I became fascinated by the object for various reasons. Not only is the beautiful appearance of the object striking, but so is its unused condition. The ax was new and unused, and was given to the dead because it might come in handy in the after-life. On the one hand, the object can therefore be seen as a useful object or utensil, on the other hand, it is untouched and has also a protective function, like a relic.

The Neolithic, the new or late stone age, is characterised by the use of high-quality stone tools made by polishing and grinding, the widespread domestication of animals and plants, the establishment of permanent settlements, and the introduction of pottery. The title refers to the last stage in the development of human culture in the Stone Age. The creation of these utensils characterises the beginning of our cultural development. In that sense, silicious or flint material is the primordial element of our culture.

I’m often inspired by archaeologic finds. This time, the material made me fantasise about how any discoveries of artworks might look. The photo collages are composed of pictures of archaeological finds, including the hand ax. Each collage has a single photo as a base from which the entire collage is built and out of which a new object with the same countenance as the material from the Stone Age is born. Neo Lithos was on display in the Groninger Museum, in the area before entering the auditorium.

To Nowwhere

The installation ‘To Nowhere’ visualises a search for the cultural identity and historical context of Europe. It is a poetic image research to the meaning of a Europe where the recent dramatic events around boat immigrants in a tragic way set the borders of Europe today.
The installation consists of a collage of historical archive photo’s, photo’s of border area’s collected through social media, and physical objects. The museum and archeological character of the installation suggests a construction of a reality where historical facts, today’s events and the intuition of the artist merge into a new subjective map of Europe of today.

To Nowhere is a project I just started. It will raise questions about what Europe means now to us. It al started when I was at a holiday on the party island Ibiza and I realised that every moment there could be washed ashore a dead body of a refuge. When I took a picture of the seaside I realised I took also a picture of a view to an other continent.

Europe is build on old idea’s and every part of Europe has his own history of war’s and a big colonial victory, which is still visually in our daily life. Europe is a bureaucratic and economical union. But what means Europe to his citizens, when the citizen don’t even speak the same langue. Will Europe get it’s own cultural identity? And how faces Europe problems like the refugees who come to the continent, Europe. Will the solution to this problem be war again? What is so bad behind them, that they are willing to risk the hell of being on the over crowded boats to enter Europe?

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