My earliest ambition was to be an archaeologist and recently I realized that I’m creating objects I had wished to dig up, only without having to sift sand for hours …
I like archaic forms, in the sense of ‘from an ancient period’ and ‘greatly simplified and stylized’. I search for contrasts between weathered textures and polished surfaces, defined by simple, natural lines. Apparently I experience a sense of beauty there and it encourages me to endeavor creating similar objects.
My eyes are constantly scanning: I am looking for the connection of my own ‘inner forms’ with other worlds. On the street and in nature there are all kinds of particles that have served a certain purpose in a previous life, or have been transmitted organically. Out of their context, they inspire me as abstract forms.
In museums I feel particularly attracted to the Etruscans, Oceanic Art, Minimal Art and Arte Povera. The sculptures of Joan Miró and Calder are favorites because of their charming playfulness and the associative use of materials.
During a visit to Venice, I incidentally visited the top floor of the Palazzo Fortuny and underwent an atmosphere in which I spiritually felt ‘at home’ with myself and my work. It turned out to be decorated by Axel Vervoordt, unknown to me at that moment, who appeared to be a Belgian interior designer, active for quite some time designing beautiful interiors and exhibitions.
One of his books was lying there, ‘L’Esprit Wabi’ and the few sentences I read articulated exactly what captivated me and put to words what I aspire to express in my artwork.
Once at home, I googled on ‘Wabi’ out of curiosity and found the following definiton: ‘Wabi refers to the Japanese term Wabi-Sabi for something in its simplest and most natural state. It’s the beauty you find in humble and unpretentious objects.’ And: ‘If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.’ (read more)
Besides all these ‘humble and modest’ approaches, I also like to indulge in something completely different, letting fancyful puns lead to colorful shapes (see Wine Coolers), or a specific idea to a more conceptual approach (see Birds).