You Got It or You Don’t

You Got It or You Don’t

Acrylic and oil on linen
130 x 180 cm
2019/20

Clash

Clash

Acrylic and oil on linen
130 x 180 cm
2020

In this new series of paintings I continue my research into the ‘in-between’ experience and how I can communicate this with the viewer. In my abstract self-portraits I paint the doubt and search for a peace of mind from my obsessive perfectionism and unrest in contradictions. However, I do not believe in one truth (such as peace) and experience the moment in-between as sublime. I work process-based towards this connecting and contradicting moment and challenge the viewer to experience this in all layers (like the feeling of a love-hate relationship).

 

And now in this time of crisis (Corona) the essence of my work comes to light even more: in which humanity has never been so connected with appropriate distance, while at the same time the polarization in our society is increasing. By means of patterns, color and abstraction I try to make the everyday controlled chaos perceptible. I feel the strong need to take the viewer into this process so that it broadens my and their perspective. In this ‘in-between’ experience, the complementary moment is regarded as sublime, in which various opposing answers can coexist and together they exceed thinking in black-and-white terms.

 

With the series Stumbling I research how my artistic actions influence the interpretation of the viewer. Both physically in the making, as the experience for the viewer in front of the artwork. Straight and wavy lines alternate in the process, where white contrasts with color and loose lines counteracts the straight. Searching for that in-between moment where breakthrough becomes part of the pattern.

Stumbling

Stumbling
Acrylic and oil on linen
65 x 90 cm
2020