Statement | Words about content and working method
In my sculptures, installations and collages, I’m intrigued by the tension between technological development and the maintenance and preservation of human identity. The works are propelled by a desire to offer a moment of rest in the daily hectics of modern society. A contemplative moment, in which the viewer is challenged to question his position in the ongoing changes that surround him.
It’s clear that we, as human beings decide what our environment looks like. The spontaneous natural growth is substituted by technical development, that designs and dominates our environment. When talking about innovations and unfolding solutions, development is something positive. The flow to technological development, sometimes coming close to an artificial world, is a tendency that intrigues me.
However, the feeling that I get that we create a world that slides away from what we are as human beings in our essence, increases with the same speed. I wonder whether this technical development is always human development. We have the opportunity to create instruments and machines that can do nearly everything, but when we only look at the big picture, we intend to forget to keep hold on valuable small things. The city environment clearly shows how we continue constructing buildings in which we literally surpass ourselves. Skyscraping offices grow over my head. They do not allow me to look through the mirroring glass, making me small and unimportant. With our heads in the clouds and one eye on the watch, we make plans how to build bigger and reach higher en how to speed up. Highways and modern communication make us move faster and work more efficient.
Despite these fast connections I feel I can not keep up with the quick changes surrounding me. With this attitude we pass the stage of what kind of environment we match with and relate to human physical presence, exploiting the environment and utilizing ourselves.
In my view there is a certain need for balance between the speed of changing and acting in a dynamic society on one hand, and in the desire for a moment of rest, delay, and reflection on the other. The popularity of green lanes and parks in cities, bio-markets, but also the increasing interest for yoga-lessons and (eastern)religions are signs that all show the need for balance in both a physical and in a mental aspect.
My art projects can be seen as silent witnesses in my longing for a small-scale overview, a world that the human body can relate too. No finalities in instrumental thinking, but aiming to create space in which you question your own position.
In my work the search for balance is shown in the way I combine elements dealing with the human sensitive nature with elements that represent the instrumental invented surroundings. Both environments melt together or are on opposite sides. The sculptures and installations contain contrasting elements and materials. Materials with an industrial and business-like character mirror our designed environment. Next to that I use shapes extracted from nature or anatomy, elements that in shape and content are close to the human body. The use of crafty production processes and materials accentuates this even more and encourages a strong physical experience of the work.