‘VerteerWezen 7 (shredded lilac)’ 20
‘sjoelbak’ (shuffleboard), aluminium mesh, cardboard, papier maché
here in the exhibition ‘Mirrors of Time’
curated by Annemie van Laethem, Eric Roux and Mat Verberkt in Castel d’Asprémont-Lynden, Oud Rekem, B 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 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 /
all VerteerWezen photo works: ‘DenkRaum’ 2017 / ‘behind skins and stones’ 2019 / ‘behind red arms’ 2020 / ‘behind shredded lilac’ 2019 /
other carrier works: ‘blindfold’ 1992 (clay, wax) / ‘orante’ 1995 (wood) / ‘pude’ 1994 (ceramic) / ‘Voelers, geen Voeten’ 2007 (textile installation) / ‘VerteerWezen 3 (reclining black)’ 2017 /