The Menacing Face of Order

The Menacing Face of Order (Red & Green Failure)

Acrylic & oil on linen
150 x 120 cm
2018

As a Dutch visual artist, I’m best known for my diverse and colourful abstract self-portraits. I portray what is going on in my head in an abstract way. I continuously experience a restless feeling as a result of the tension between order and chaos and I’m always searching for a connection and peace of mind. When I experience too much chaos, I let my obsessive perfectionism run free and if that structure becomes too dominant, I will add chaos again. I experience the contradicting and connecting moment of the in-between as a sublime experience.

 

With ‘Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything’, I continue to question contradictions that I experience, which most people take for granted. With my art I want to give new value to daily life by changing everyday recognizable things in such a way that it broadens my perspective and that of the viewer. In this series, the disproportionate placement of the colors in the Google logo triggered me to investigate further. The urge to categorize everything and the disappearance of spontaneity is the contradiction and similarity to my own thinking.

 

‘Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything’ translates into new abstract self-portraits in which an interaction unfolds between straight and spontaneous lines. While in search for control,  I’m constantly in danger of losing it. The colours alternate against the white paint, so that the pattern and the breakthrough are in conflict with each other. In relation to the paintings, the sound and video works indicate the creative process. By literally transforming the painted layers into sound and image, I want to take the viewer into this process, in order to experience the same as I do.

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Between Order and Adventure 1

Between Order and Adventure #1
Acrylic on 300 g. Fabriano Artistico paper with aluminum frame
60 x 80 cm
2018

Between Order and Adventure 2

Between Order and Adventure #2
Oil on 300 g. Arches Huile paper with aluminum frame
60 x 80 cm
2018

Expect Nothing Appreciate Everything
Expect Nothing Appreciate Everything

Expect Nothing, Appreciate Everything
Acrylic & oil on linen
70 x 70 cm
Video (shown with specific conditions at offline exhibitions, video must be watched before seeing the painting)
15:25 min
2018

Translations and Interactions

Translations and Interactions
Acrylic & oil on linen
60 x 60 cm
Video (shown alongside the painting at offline exhibitions)
8:45 min
2018

Other Way Around #1

Other Way Around #1
Acrylic, oil & tape on 300 g. Hahnemühle paper with aluminum frame
50 x 60 cm
2018

Between Order and Adventure 3

Between Order and Adventure #3
Acrylic & oil on 300 g. Arches Huile paper with aluminum frame
60 x 80 cm
2019

Other Way Around #2

Other Way Around #2
Acrylic, oil & tape on 300 g. Hahnemühle paper with aluminum frame
70 x 100 cm
2019

Beauty Between the Rules

Beauty Between the Rules
Acrylic & oil on linen
120 x 120 cm
Sound (listen while experiencing the painting)
2:00 min on repeat
2019

In-Between

In-Between
Acrylic on linen
100 x 140 cm
2019