Sticky Fingers – An Act of Matter
The dialogue between human and object is an important subject in my work. I start from the character of the material, enhancing the tactile traits of the matter - which can be really soft or sticky, or responsive to light and shadow. These traits lead to the shapes of the silhouette.
The eyes of the skin by the architect JuhanI Pallasmaa is a text that explains how we use our senses and underlines the dominance of the eye. To me, it was an explanation of how I look at the use of our senses. It made me want to question the role of our senses even more. I’m interested in shifting focus from sight to a more bodily perception, which, at this point, mostly includes (the idea of) touch and sound. The magical realist works of painter Pyke Koch are a great source of inspiration for me. By using, for example, a different stance than usual he draws attention to the atmosphere or tactility of the painting and pulls the viewer out of reality for a bit. Something is a little bit off or unusual. Although its mostly visual, the tactility of the objects or figures in the paintings are very present.
In my collection you find shapes that are often inspired by the simple and functional labor, home, and evening wear from the olden days. The materials used are either quite unusual or more neutral. Fabrics like cotton velvet are dyed and manipulated - inspired by circus and burlesque. Pieces of wool, treated with latex rubber, are crafted in a poncho. Thin paper is glued to cheesecloth and shaped as a parka, which is providing a pleasant noise.
By using imagination and everyday images I try to find tension between garments, objects and people which should lead to a more imaginative and conscious perception of our feelings and surroundings.
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OBJECT : simplicity, or ‘eenvoud’ in Dutch. Staged picture of MDF with traces of use. Relation between materials, shape and light makes the object more important.
SERENITY : Spaces you can see through - maybe you’re not thinking of these as actual spaces but still they give the serenity of a space. The suggestion of being able to go inside.
MERGING IN DAILY LIFE : This price tag on the fabric is made with more care than other price tags I have seen. It’s almost like it belongs to the fabric.
SELF MADE TEXTILE DESIGN : I like the illusion created by the combination of the fabric and the technique. They strengthen each other’s characteristics.
In this picture I like the expression of the clothing. It almost seems too static to be worn. The duo could be persons as well as statues, would the picture have been painted in black and white.
Self-made miniature heads that could possibly replace human models. They remind me of gargoyle heads. Can’t these be alive as well?
MERGING IN DAILY LIFE : People meeting each other outside in the real world but they look like they are staged to belong together at that spot. They become just as important as the objects around them.
Partly self-staged, partly influenced by the behaviour of the object itself. I can see the shape of movement or life in this picture.
MERGING IN DAILY LIFE : The big metal mechanical claw destroying these fragile flowers. To me the knowledge that these flowers were planted by humans and thus not entirely natural, makes it less sad.
RITUAL : In this picture I feel passion, movement, tactility, sound, expression. A total experience is going on. It is not only about looking.
MAGICAL REALISM : The figure pictured is on the edge of either being human or creature. Realistic and unrealistic. The distinction between human and object is minimised.
RITUAL : Laura fixing her pants that rip up time after time. The hours spent mending these pants make them very personal. The soul shifts from maker to object.
MERGING IN DAILY LIFE : My friend in a toile I made, doing her own work. The neutrality that arises, while the dress is so dramatic, brings an interesting context.
Tactility: This portrait hardly says anything about age or gender. Everything looks neutral and almost non-human. What gives away that it is in fact a person is that it depicts one but the tactility is totally different.