Statement


As a former interior architect I have always been attracted to materials in buildings. I am fascinated by the way concrete ages, how it gets little cracks and obtains different compositions of colors over time. When I started my own art studio, I further developed the fascination for materials that I felt when designing an interior and started to experiment with cement and concrete. I want to show people the beauty of cement, concrete, saw dust, cardboard and other ordinary materials you would usually walk past and never really pay attention to. The materials by themselves are maybe not that special, but it’s the action and reaction of the concrete and the materials, and their blending together, that makes it beautiful.  I am attracted to the surprise aspect of making this kind of art. Adrenaline rushes through my veins when I see unexpected things happen with those materials; saw dust somehow changes color and becomes dark reddish, watery concrete flows through the cardboard and leaves a drop-like texture. In my latest series I have experimented with non-waterproof ink. When I pour concrete over the ink, I see the concrete absorbing the ink and whereas I try to give it direction, together they float where they want to go. This is what makes it so exciting when the moment comes that the concrete is dry and I can turn the piece around.  In my art making process, I have come to realize it’s best for me not to know exactly how things work.  Only then concrete will crack and unexpected reactions give it a color nuance.  That is exactly what I am looking for, the variety of different characters of an ordinary material such as concrete. By adding delicate materials like paper and thread, the strong concrete changes into a more fragile appearance.   When I think color, I think sand or no sand, brown, maybe cardboard or saw dust? Within those compositions I compose my thoughts and emotions into two-dimensional sculptures which I call Emotion Stones.

 

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