My artistic work consists of photographs, three-dimensional still life’s, collages and site specific actions and projects.
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.
Photography: 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.
To tell a more personal and specific story, I sometimes stage my images. For this purpose, each image has its own function, like a scene in a film, and altogether they make the photo story complete.
Still lifes and collages: 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:
Actions and projects: My actions and projects involve photography as well and are also staged. The photographical image or the act of photographing functions as connection between people, or exists as a visual proof that a certain action of event has taken place.