My work is imbued with nostalgic poetry, contemplation and (subdued) emotion.
I try to express an existential feeling without wanting to force upon the viewer an explicit message.
It’s about inability, vulnerability and strength, acquiescence, comfort and longing. It represents the moment in time in which the size of one’s longing and an awareness of one’s human condition melt together.
The longing for instance for a symbiosis with another human being and the awareness of one’s existential loneliness.
The awareness – which often comes through shame and blame – that the highest form of togetherness one can reach in human relationships is that of ‘intimate strangers’.
The awareness that man will remain an ‘intimate stranger’ even to himself; never knowing what he’ll be capable of doing, if only…and never knowing the unconscious forces that drive him.
One could say that I explore human fragility.
I want to pin down the things I sense in an image. Knowing that I can catch the moment in an image that transcends itself, while at the same time the full impact of it escapes one’s mind.
All this, while realising that the mystery is bigger than man.
For inspiration I often make use of existing pictures from different sources such as internet, advertisements, newspapers, magazines and my personal photoalbum. I search for them and sometimes I accidentally run into them. I then reinterpret these pictures; change the context, put things in and out and use different elements from different sources next to each other and through one another. Leading is my own emotion, pictural and/or narrative elements, sometimes combined with (a phrase out of) an existing poem. All this combined with a variety of materials, carriers and formats.
My work is to be found in private collections in The Netherlands and abroad (England, Denmark, Germany, Luxemburg, Austria, Belgium, U.S.A.).
A representative part of it can be seen on this site.
The pieces are for sale. For information on the availability of a particular piece, prices, or any other kind of question or remark, please contact me.