Artist statement 2017
In my work as a painter and sculptor, I constantly search for the boundaries of the painted object. I believe that the traditional boundaries of painting are too predictable and too confined. In my installations the reshaping and disproving of the box or frame is part of the total image. I achieve this by making site-specific installations with painted sculptures that make the relation with the space in which the work is placed visible and concrete. So I build, or extend the painting into the space/context. Ideally the paint, the object and its surface, and the exhibition space interact.
The creation of such a work pushes me to take the exhibition space into account. I need to consider the implications of a specific space. This is visible in my choice of material, size, and colour. At the same time I look for exhibition spaces that can be linked to the philosophy and intellectual context of my work. To facilitate this method, my work consists of modular painted sculptures that can be adapted to different circumstances.
However, it is not my intention to be merely adapting to an exhibition space, I also want to take over. My sculptures are generally big, colourful and communicate a kind of cheerful violence. I believe that in the destruction of a structure or dogma, a new structure can be created. So in destructing and reshaping, taking over with paint, I create new structures that form an artwork. The starting point is the structure painted on the surface of an object. By reshaping the object, the painted surface/structure moves along with the reshaping of the object, becoming a different structure and melting together with the object, according to the method of reshaping. Consequently I have used pressure/gravity as primary method in my newest body of work.