At the end of last summer 2020, when the temperature went to 30 degrees and more, it was too warm to work in my atelier, which is situated in an old building on the third floor where during the summer it is difficult to keep it cool. Therefore I started to work from my kitchen table at home where it was so much more comfortable. I bought some basic paint and brushes and began to make small works on cardboard packaging. These are the first two of the proces. During the day I saw these shades from street lanterns on the pavement and wanted them to paint them quite brutal on the cardboard canvas. It was also felt the urge to paint again for the and see where it would take me.
I started this work out of a unrecognasible stain, because of the first painting, which kept coming through, despite off layers of gesso and decided to let it be a starting point for this painting. The shape of an imaginary piece of exotic fruit came to mind. It became somewhat the root of this composition in which I felt it wanted to be flowing and organic. In this painting, paint is combined with collage and drawing, when you look close you can see it containes beads, ripped off cardboard and wooden parts. This work was send to an open call competition for the foundation villa Seurat in Paris. The competition had the theme ‘nature reasserts itself’
These works on paper (left over cardboard) were made in the first period of the lockdown in march of 2020. Staying inside the house most of the time at my temporarily different home than my own and due to the early sunny weather in the spring of 2020, I focused more on the things that surrounded me in my new home and very small balcony. The shadow of flowers and plants made a very sharp contour, every late afternoon when I drank my coffee on the balcony I saw these black contours on the wall and I decided to draw them very quickly. These three works are sort of a pilot around the idea of drawing shadows and I plan to make much more of them. It’s such nice thing to do something completely different…
These pictures were shot on location, during filming my artworks for the short video ‘Lost in pandemie’ which you can see in the previous blog. Personally, I like the pictures so much that I wanted to show them in a solo blog. Just for the esthetics of the photo’s. To me they both capture the feeling of totally left and lost in a setting and on the other hand, they seems to immerse naturally in the environment of streets, concrete, building waste and other decors of outside settings. Pictures taken in may 2020.
I started to make these assemblages from februari 2020 until november 2020 using photographs of building waste in a container on the street. Finding a way to use these photo’s I first started with framing of the image. Most of them are blown out of proportion to find a new composition in which the origin in less obvious. Along with changing the cadre the context changes. It’s not just building waste anymore but more an abstract composition which make you see spaces within the picture. To make a layering and even to surprise myself in the assemblage, I added materials, such as found wood, plastic bottle mini sculptures or just pieces of different wooden slats, some new, some old. This all led to found works with lost materials.
This little piece originally started as a water-colour experiment somewhere in 2015. Last year I started to work with unfinished pieces and tried to re-arrange the composition by tearing, cutting, adding all sorts of paper. To me it was kind of meditative to work on something completely different and very satisfying to work towards a defined and definitive form. I called it Atlantis. if you want you can see a hand rising from the water.
These works were exhibited at my end expo in Loods6 Amsterdam of the NAU (Nieuwe Akademie Utrecht) in juli last year. It was a selection of works I made in the last couple of months before the expo. NAU is an art course I followed for 5 years together with 10 other artists we graduated, started with somewhat 35 starters in the first year. But with a lot of hard work, persistence, searching, studying and defining your subject and having the joy of wanting to create art it has been as much as a trigger point to let go what i already knew as a starting point for me to develop my work for the future.