‘VerteerWezens’ 2017-2020
exhibition for the group show Mirrors of Time 2020
curated by Annemie van Laethem, Eric Roux and co-curated by Mat Verberkt, for Castle d’Asprémont-Lynden, in Oud-Reken, B
a selection of various VerteerWezens (2017-2020) and 3 VerteerWezen photo works
here, ‘VerteerWezen 6 (cowering in suitcase)’ 2020, the cut photo work ‘Denkraum’ 2020 and ‘VerteerWezen 3 (reclining black)’ 2017
With a.o. ‘VerteerWezen 7 (lilac shredded)’ 2019:

also ‘VerteerWezen 10 (in yellow arms)’ 2019 / ‘VerteerWezen 11 (protest&berusting)’ / ‘VerteerWezen 12 (growing teeth)’ 2020 / ‘Petrified Niké’ 2011-2013 / ‘paar’ 1996 (ceramic) / and the repaired ‘reikende’ 1997-2020 (plaster) /
and the other 2 photo works: ‘behind skins and stones’ 2019 / ‘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 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 /
other ‘solo’ exhibitions: ‘Manifold mumbag & fragments of the white visions’ / ‘Karin Arink - States of Self’ retrospective Stedelijk Museum Schiedam 2008 / ‘Kleider machen Kunst’, duo with Reinhold Engberding, Gerhard Marcks Haus Bremen D 2011 / ‘All attitudes, all shapeliness, all belongings’ (Walt Whitman, I Sing The Body Electric) Main Room RAM gallery Rotterdam
/ ‘Club Solo’ 2016 /

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’.