'VerteerWezen 1 (crouching orange)' 2017
wooden child's chair, wood, aluminum modeling mesh, papier maché
My sculptures never have been objects to me; they are intermediaries between an aspect of me and the outside world, the viewer. My visual method is as I have been doing for years: I focus on a core of experience, and on the physical ‘affect-rich’ responses I have to this experience and the concepts related to it. By materializing these, I depict different ‘states of self’.
VerteerWezens is a ongoing series of spatial objects in papier-mâché, started in 2017. The title can be roughly translated as 'digested-beings'. In each work, a rejected object or utensil is combined with aluminium modelling mesh, cardboard and/or other materials. This is covered with a layer of papier maché made from shredded waste paper. In this way used materials are "digested" by turning them into creatures/beings.
By photographing myself behind/with these sculptures, the relation between the affect-rich object and my concrete physical body becomes clear. The series of VerteerWezens is still growing, and so are the related photo works.
all VerteerWezen works: 'VerteerWezen 2 (standing blue)' 2018 / 'VerteerWezen 3 (reclining black)' 2017 / VerteerWezen 4 (lying greens)' 2018 / 'VerteerWezen 5 (red arms)' 2018 / 'VerteerWezen 6 (cowering in suitcase)' 2020 / 'VerteerWezen 7 (lilac shredded)' 2019 / 'VerteerWezen 8 (red DenkRaum)' 2019 / 'VerteerWezen 9 (skins and stones)' 2019 / 'VerteerWezen 10 (in yellow arms)' 2019 / 'VerteerWezen 11. (protest&berusting)' / 'VerteerWezen 12. (growing teeth)' /