‘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 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 / ‘VerteerWezen 10 (in yellow arms)’ 2019 / ‘VerteerWezen 11 (protest&berusting)’ 2020 / ‘VerteerWezen 12 (growing teeth)’ 2020 / ‘VerteerWezen 13 (sledge carrier)’ 2020- / ‘VerteerWezen 14 (embracing rejection)’ 2021 /

all VerteerWezen photo works: ‘DenkRaum’ 2017 / ‘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 /