The basis of my creative process is formed by a combination of visual stimuli from every-day-life and my awareness that is fed by education, literature and visual art.
I try to explore the relationships between human beings and their environment. This year I have started to translate ‘home video’s’ on You Tube in which animals are the leading subjects.

 

My figurines are introverted, alone, silent and have nothing to do with the outside world. These animals are frozen in time or stuffed. They are virtually expressionless. The care taken and consistency in placing thin strings, small scales or quills even enhances the sense of loneliness.

 

Cultural marginalisation of animals is complex. Sayings, dreams and stories keep them alive. My animals are visualised as we want to see them. In the idealized ‘nature’ world people desire to go ‘back to nature’ but in a restricted sense.

 

The clay-scenes are inspired by African Folk Tales in which animals are placed in social-human situations. Nation and animal-creation are synonyms.
Animals play the leading parts and are used to express life’s lessons in words that appeal to one’s imagination. Folk tales typically contain several hidden layers and are universal. While these tales are often told in a child-friendly manner, they almost invariably deal with treason or cruelty.

 

By using the results of the investigation and experiment for the final result, the balance between spontaneity and thoughtfulness remains. As an artist, research, study and experimenting are the greatest things to do. When you are in a state of concentration and dedication the work may even surpass or exceed the matter.

 

Something divine happens.
The stories are terrestrial but the work floats.