‘VerteerWezen 5 (red arms)’ 2018
wooden clothes hanger, cardboard, papier maché
used for the photo work ‘behind red arms’ 2020

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 from either my home or my studio is combined with aluminium modelling mesh, cardboard and/or other materials. This is often covered with a layer of papier maché made from shredded left-over or waste paper. In this way, used materials and older art works 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 tissues & elements works: ‘omloop’ 1998 (silk) / ‘on&on&on&on 1996 (porcelain) / ‘wikkel 1997 (satin) /