“What I like most about making collages are the ideas that can emerge from chance, from an unplanned process, from arbitrarily placing and moving clippings. Discover order in chaos.
I often want my analog collages to produce the feeling of a scene (taking place in nature) rather than remaining a static image. Humor and confusion play a role in this.
In the early 1980's I visited a major retrospective exhibition of Max Ernst's work. The event inspired and encouraged me to start making my collages.
While leafing through a magazine or a book, I look for photos and images that can inspire me at that moment. I always know where to find appropriate clippings in my extensive clipping archive. The juxtaposition of unexpected combinations of ideas, colors, and atmospheres can pave to way to composition.
It is satisfying when a story unfolds during the making process.
The constraints caused by applying only existing material, such as old books and magazines, do influence the making of a collage. There exists a big difference in what can limit when making a sculpture. Here fantasy can go in any direction, and there are no restrictions.
Just as with the collages, my sculptures are also scenes. And for my sculptures, photos are often a starting point. But inspirations come from all sides. That can be antique photos, plastic toy figures, popart, cartoon characters, fashion thrift items, but also music.
I like to collect and experiment with a large variety of materials in advance. While working and playing with a material, I usually arrive at other ideas. This can completely change some initial idea or plan. Modeling, precise finishing, and polishing.. Ultimately, I'm always looking for a perfect imperfection.
An important project for me was the installation of the Kafka pavilion in the Alma Löv museum. A permanent exhibition of 60 lidded jars/urns, all unique, black glazed, and with a red ornament on the lid. Two larger white and golden angelic vases guard the entry. The pavilion is a small resting place on the site”.
Afgestudeerd aan de Academie voor Beelden Kunsten Sint Joost Breda Stage Rietveld Academic
Galleri Mats Bergman, Karlstad Alma Löv Museum Center for Interactual Art Permanente installatie vanaf Kafka pavilion Östra Ämtervik - Sverige
Dordrechts Museum Gallerie Het Kapelhuis, Amersfoort Brabant Biennale, Den Bosch De Beyerd / Gallerie Geer Pouls, Breda Stedelijk Museum Schiedam Streekorgaan Kempenland, Eersel Smedsbey Konstakt, Sverige Gallerie De Witte Haven, Amersfoort Museum Kempenland, Eindhoven Gemeentehuis Bergeijk Alma Löv Museum, Sverige Ploegfabriek Bergeijk Kunst aan de Markt, Eersel Gemeentemuseum Den Haag Zomerexpo Liefde! Imago Mundi Benetton