In 2020 I made a series of masks in which I investigate my personal emotions, reactions and thoughts about the Civis-19 pandemic. Since most of them are made during lock-down I have mainly used materials I had lying around my studio and home.
An A6 booklet of risoprints and riso-drawings. There are 10 booklets with 80 M & M’s, 5 with 64 and 2 with 40 M & M’s. Each booklet has different variations of the 80 different images; all risoprinted and many of them drawn on. There are also loose A6 M & M riso-drawings.
idi@Arnhem, Scratch Battle, 2011.
Bebe, the flying mermaid.
For this ‘scratch battle’ I scratched out the poster-image of Bebe, the flying mermaid.
Organised by the Independent Drawing (IDI) Initiative at the invitation of de Gemeenschap Beeldend Kunstenaars (GBK) at Willemsplein 3 in Arnhem.
Scratched out white paint on windows
Picis Volatilis, 1994.
Yes, flying fish exist, but: they are dying out fast because they live of fantasy and people are losing the ability to fantasise. So I have to collect and categorise the last ones before they die out.
One with sand, water, sound and metal tins with lino-printed flying fishes
One as a room with the collected flying fish and paraphernalia
Teddy bears, 2008 & .
The teddy bear: thè ultimate stuffed animal from our childhood days. An object without a will upon wich we project all our love and hate, dreams and fears. For a while. Then we grow up and dump Teddy: used up and no longer wanted. How would the bears look when all that they have absorbed in that time would be visible?
Teddybears, big and small, made from second hand blankets. Variations on the traditional pattern of the original Teddy bear. I made the small ones for the exhibition ‘Terugblik in kindertijd’ at Ververs and the big ones for the performance of the ‘Foolish People’ called ‘Terra Extremitas’ at the docks in Amsterdam.
From 1994-1997 I participated in the Erolife fair with a couple of projects with an erotic connotation to see if a different audience could be reached.
Vingerbad / Finger(s)bath 1994
In 1994 I had a stand at the Erolife fair together with Jan Bouma. He presented his statue ‘The King’ and I showed the ‘Vingerbad’.
De Jas / the Coat 1995
In 1995 Jan Bouma and I had another stand at the Erolife fair. This time Jan presented his statue ‘the Soldier’ and I ‘the Coat’. The Coat was not only presented as a statue but was worn by a performer who walked all over the grounds of the fair showing ‘his goods’ to all who were willing and un-willing.
The Coat has also been performed at two other erotic fairs in Belgium.
Jongeheerzepen / Willie soaps 1996-‘97
In 1996 the Jongeheerzepen project was presented for the first time at Erolife’96 taking place at the Jaarbeurs, Utrecht.
In 1997 the Jongeheerzepen had a presentation in Galerie Liter, Boekhorststraat, Den Haag.
Jongeheerzepen at Erolife’96
December 1996, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht
The Jongeheerzepen had a large stand that showed the soaps and formed the base for a continuously running performance during the 4 day of the fair.
The Jongeheer-promotion team consisted of:
Dr. Rebecca Rosenboom, Professor Swartjes, his (or her) assistant & the three promo girls.
The promo girls asked the Erolife visitors to fill in an inquiry form. The results of this enquiry were showed a large ‘score-board’ that Dr. Rosenboom kept updated. She meant to find out what the most popular soap was. Unfortunately for her was that the promo girls were very biased and tried their utmost best to persuade people to vote for their favourite. Professor Swartjes (who re-invented the soaps) thought the therapeutic side of the soaps utter nonsense, but, the soap itself was naturally the very best of the best.
In 1997 Jongeheerzepen had a small selling stand without the performance.
Jongeheerzepen at Galerie Liter
May1997, at Galerie liter, Boekhorststraat, Den haag
The Jongeheer promo team also opened the exhibition at Galerie Liter.
After the opening the large shop window of the gallery functioned as a giant viewing box. From the street one could see inside the Jongeheer stand with the promo team in the form of life sized painted cardboard dolls.
The sex-shop on the other side of the street advertised the Jongeheer soaps in its window and you could go and watch the Jongeheer commercials in one of their porn movie booths.
You can watch the 3 commercials here:
Circle of friends – 2003.
The project CIRCLE OF FRIENDS started at the end of 2001 in memory of my beloved Craig Davies. The project came to a closure in 2003 with an exhibition at
“The Heritage Centre“ in Oswestry (Wales). In the project I try to map the network of my and Craig’s friends. It is an interactive project in wich the reactions of the participating friends are part of the work. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS exists of linocut portraits that I made together with the reactions of the portrayed in varied techniques.
You can have a look at the website of the project here.
Lino prints on paper
A book with the lino prints
Ceramic prints – 2014 & 2015.
In 2014 I started with experimenting with printing (silkscreen) my own ceramic transfers. This lead to the series of ‘Garden lovers’ and ‘Wake up!’.
I also teach this technique in workshops for the Grafische Werkplaats.
The prints are used on divers old and new tableware.
Circle was a project with friends. You can find it here.
Party People – 2004-2012.
Pencil and pastel drawings on paper.
56 x 78 cm.
A series of portraits of people at theme parties. At these parties the Party People dress up according to the theme: Halloween, Hippies, Heavenly celebrities.
Maybe the dressing up means that people can show sides of themselves they normally don’t dare to…