I am captured by the intangible and immaterial. A mystical experience; when I am outside I feel one with nature. This experience is the inspiration for my work.
Everything except language
knows the meaning of existence.
Trees, planets, rivers, time
know nothing else. They express it
moment by moment as the universe. (Les Murray)
Mysticism is not only about a sense of unity, but also about a meaning that shows silence, space and nature. A deeper layer of visible reality; everyday things can be seen with different eyes. An image can connect the invisible with the visible, the moment with infinity.
For ten years now, I focus on drawing and work on paper: charcoal, ink, crayon and other, all black and white. In my drawings in ink on paper I use brushes of natural materials, like grasses and plants, to make organic structures. I’m balancing between letting the image grow by accident and controlling the way it will become. In recent works I use old drawings to make new works of art. Collages and small sculptures; upcycling unfinished works, using a collection of years that was just waiting in a drawer. The time put into these works not wasted, but invested into something new, creating extra condensed and intense collages.
The structures of the old drawings are like ready-made colors and lines in my own handwriting. The old drawings are glued together and cut off again, making layers visible, like layers of an excavated mound or quarry; the deeper layers, physical, but in the work also immaterial and symbolic. The layers show time; the accumulation of times, reuse of drawings, even my own history as an artist is compressed in them. Time is a space, just like the landscape.