A big Styrofoam block standing upright. The only thing we can see or read, is a text about the Golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence. With this text the viewer can create a three-dimensional picture in their mind of what this block is or can be. Using the well-known statement of Michelangelo: “the sculpture is already inside, I only need to take away the excess material.” When this work is presented in a space where the viewer can also see the upper side a small spiral staircase will reveal itself. Being the golden ratio in its perspective.
Anniversary book HBKK, 2014
One of the oldest trees of the Netherlands grows in the Hotus Botanicus in Leiden. No glamourous tree, but just some twigs in a pot. 'Descendant' plays with the idea of a young new tree growing on the remains of its predecessor. A seed is planted in a groove of this solid French oak sphere.
Beelden in Leiden, 2015
Sgraffito is a technique well known for the art-nouveau period. Dating back to the renaissance as decoration and even used in mediaeval times as a way to draw technical or architectural drawings. Although two-dimensional, I try to use this technique to make new technical drawings. The only way to see these drawings three-dimensional is to put every part together in your mind.
The counterweight of a pouch used by Tibetan monks. A block of ebony – wood known for its solidity, weight and black colour – was formed and polished by touch over several decades. These blocks ended up as a perfect sphere.
'Grote Haagse Kunstkalender', 2014. Febr. 2nd
Using the shape of a Window from the villa “Maarheeze” situated in Wassenaar. This Villa was used to house the Dutch Intelligence from the 1960’s till the 1990’s. This Oval window on the top floor of the villa, is turned 90 degrees and constructed out of oak parts on where Slade stone tiles are placed, making it a small roof and the shape of an eye investigating the world. Placed on a pole and build in two parts, makes it possible to turn the whole structure.
Villa Maarheeze, 2014
Ceramic sculpture after the Terra-Cotta Wariors in China.
A plaster mould of a figure in a squatting position. Based on the terracotta soldiers found in China in 1974. Like these soldiers were hidden underneath the earth for centuries, this figure is also hidden, even when you would open the mould nothing can be seen but a negative imprint.
Arthouse18, Naaldwijk, 2013
Asphalt is a mixture of several different materials. One of the components ( the most important element ) is ‘bitumen’. This material, which has the same viscosity as tar, was used to make one of the first photo’s around 1816.
Nest, The Hague, 2012
The tree-rings or ‘growth rings’ of this birch tree are transformed into our solar system. The orbits of all planets, Pluto not inclusive, are turning on the actual speed by a clock mechanism hand build for this piece. Even the movement of the ‘fastest’ planet, rotating one whole circle in 29 days, can’t be detected by the human eye.
This small beetle was described by Linnaeus for the first time in 1761. It got its name by his home, the museum. The beetle lives, so to speak, on the collection, and is therefore hated by everyone in this environment. It is not a myth, it exists. But despite his metamorphosis in its
surroundings it is frozen to death, pinned or sealed and hidden within the walls.
Nest, The Hague, 2012
Elastic bands, presented at ArtOlive
Private collection, the Hague
House of carts, presented at Gallery Ron Mandos
Private collection, Amsterdam.