Work

My artistic work consists of photographs, three-dimensional still life’s, collages and site specific actions.

Photography is the main medium which I work with, though, the intention behind the images differs. I distinguish between found, staged and constructed photography. A photo or three-dimensional still life can be found, staged or constructed. A collage is by definition constructed.

My found images show subjects as they “are”, how I have found or hit upon them. The images each have their expressive power, but work together in the form of a series.

I also sometimes stage my images to tell a more personal and specific story. For this purpose, each image has its own function, like a scene in a film, and altogether they make the photo story.

My actions and projects also involve photography and are staged too. The photographical image or the act of photographing functions as connection between people or as visual proof that a certain action of event  has taken place.

 

A constructed photo or collage is entirety composed or built up and consists out of literally separate images, image parts and objects. Coincidence and spontaneity play a major role during the process of constructing. The image is not predetermined and there is room for new elements and spontaneous promptings.

A tension arises between recognizing and using the value of a found image as such, and creating an artificial situation that would not have been there otherwise, to convey a message.

In my artistic process I ask myself the following questions:

  • What presents itself as soon I am open to it? Am I able to actually perceive it and make connections between the different situations in which I have found these treasures?
  • Where is intervention desirable or necessary and how does this added, personal layer contribute to the expressiveness of the image?
  • To what extent does my spontaneous and intuitive way of working of constructing images, create space for new layers and how can I identify and classify these layers?

 

 

Photography

Found

Photo story

Constructed

3D Still life

Constructed

Live project

Action