The paradox of inner Nature
After finishing my Fine Art Studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam in ’99, I continued investigating using water affecting my images.
Water is a very important part of my work.
Experimenting with water and trying to control its impact on the image is the main core of my research for over the past 20 years. Water sometimes tends to abstract forms within the figurative image, thereby giving the images a surreal and oily appearance.
These new ‘uncontrollable’ shapes that water causes, free the image and help me to visualize normally invisible complex signals and capture them together in one image.
The desire to merge with the sublime manifests itself in many guises and always contains a paradox. It is precisely within that apparent being torn that enlightment and ecstasy already exist. And this seemingly dual contradiction is precisely where completeness resides.
Nietzsche gives some insight into a solution in his philosophical reflections.
“It is not the beauty that we long for but it is the chaos, the primal ground of our existence that reaches beyond understanding and words.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes also writes in her book ‘the Indomitable Woman’
(‘De Ontembare Vrouw’)
about the paradox of its double nature.
“In fact in every woman another woman exists. An external creature and an internal being. One who lives in the upper world and one that lives in a world that is not so easy to identify. The external creature lives by daylight and can easily be detected.
But the internal being usually comes from far to the surface, often suddenly and vanishes equally quickly as it appears.”
The paradox of this female double nature is that these two women are separately one, but also coupled elements in the psyche that inter-connects in a thousand ways. It is precisely within the inexplicable, balancing on the edge of insanity, discord and surrender, that in my opinion, lies the unity and the sublime, that lives already within us.
And within these imaginary worlds that I create, I try to capture and depict these perfectly sculpted inner landscapes into an outer form and image. And so a surrealistic biotope arises in which “the cruel and the beautiful” unite.
- Parts of the texts are inspired by publications and statements of Anne Woodward, Friedrich Nietzsche, Clarisse Pinkola Estes.
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