‘VerteerWezen 1 (crouching orange)’ 2017
wooden child’s chair, wood, aluminum modeling mesh, papier maché
ao exhibited in ‘VerteerWezens in BIG ART’ 2019 and in VerteerWezens in Mirrors of Time 2020 and in ‘CounterBodies’ 2021 Rotterdam
curated by Annemie van Laethem, Eric Roux and Mat Verberkt in Castel d’Asprémont-Lynden, Oud Rekem, B 2020

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 an 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 left-over or 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 1 (crouching orange)’ 2017 / ‘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 > ‘behind skins and stones’ 2019 / ‘VerteerWezen 10 (in yellow arms)’ 2019 / ‘VerteerWezen 11 (protest&berusting)’ 2020 / ‘VerteerWezen 12 (growing teeth)’ 2020 / ‘VerteerWezen 13 (carrying sleigh)’ / ‘VerteerWezen 14 (embracing rejection)’ / ‘VerteerWezen 15 (retrieved arms of 13)’ 2020-2022 / ‘VerteerWezen 16 (white shield) 2021-2022 / ‘VerteerWezen 17 (open up - remade)’ 2003-2021 /

all VerteerWezen photo works: ‘DenkRaum’ 2019 / ‘behind skins and stones’ 2019 / ‘behind red arms’ 2020 / ‘behind shredded lilac’ 2019 /

other carrier works: ‘Frog & Princess’ 1990 / ‘wringing’ 1994 / ‘orante’ 1995 (wood) / ‘revolving in this sheath of (im)possibilities’ 2011 (ceramic) /

other mumbag works: ‘MADRAS’ 2004 / ‘claiming space for the first touch’ 2002 /