I’ve been living in the Westland, Netherlands (known for its many greenhouses), since seven years now. It’s a strange and alienating environment, a sort of suburban, transitional in-between-ness. I always have the sense of being in-between a rural and urban environment, but never really being a part of either of them. Therefore, my own surroundings are my biggest source of inspiration.
In my work I investigate the uneasy interface between nature and civilization. I believe we’ve become increasingly alienated from each other and our communities. On top of that we seem to have lost all connections with nature, even to a point where contemporary nature is increasingly represented by artificial design that has to generate the mere illusion of nature. However, the way we build, shape and inhabit our world and the place we assign to nature herein says something about us, as humans. My work is an attempt to grasp this (uneasy) relationship and ultimately, to formulate a new narrative of longing and hope, structured on my belief in the possibilities of a better future for our society.
My paintings often start with photographs of my surroundings or images I find on the internet. These pictures go through a process of adding and removing in Photoshop and usually I’ll make some sketches to try out different compositions. Eventually this will be the starting point for a painting. The translation of my ideas and thoughts about a subject into a painting, often leads to finding beauty in the unexpected. But in particular this subject, the uneasy relationship between nature and our build environment, led to the discovery of some new type of dislocated beauty.