Although my work
looks like paintings, it has nothing to do with the original painting.
With traditional painting all the materials are made to be of service
for the artist. I however, try to position myself between the
materials…I don’t want to work the materials but I want to work with
the materials. For that reason I no longer speak of materials but of
matter. The criteria for this name for me is that the own identity is
not affected but emphasized. The matter present in my studio can be
divided in two categories. The first categories is matter not yet
influenced by mankind. For example sand from the primal earth layers,
volcanic material, clay and several stages of peat.
The second categories is matter no longer useful for mankind.
For example ash from a woodstove and pieces of glass from a vandalized
phone booth. By exceeding the area of use from mankind, the
possibility for new, objective values and beauty arises. The four
basic elements; earth, water, air and fire can manifest themselves
literally in my work. Earth as matter, water, air and fire as creative
forces. Other creative forces are for example; gravity, my hands and
the interaction between the matter. I try to
expel subordination from my work. For example when I use canvas, the
canvas can manifest itself as matter and interact with the other
matter. It does not just serve as a support for my creativity, but
actually participate in the process. Although the earthly character of
my work gives it a perishable appearance, it can easily endure the
tooth of time.