Curiosity and wonder is my primary motivation.
The world at large, in all its connections and movements, forms the main focus of my work, finding expression in journeys, installations, interventions, photo series, documentaries, sculptures, film essays, books, and performances among others. I’m questioning the origins of nature through mapping the intersections between man-made and ‘natural’ forms of reality.
I wonder how ‘landscapes’ are given shape by people and vice versa. This stems from my urge to discover, order and represent the world’s (natural) phenomena on the macro and micro level. For many of my works I collaborate with scientists and other professionals from different background. I’m interested in how art and science can reinforce each other. With these cross-disciplinary collaborative projects I intent to open up alternative routes to lucid and ‘visual comprehension’ of scientific research. Among other I’m interested in the coherence between mysticism and science.
In my work as an artist, explorer and designer, I mainly focus on the interaction between human and their natural environment. In many of my works the ‘Global Commons’ play a role. A term typically used to describe international, supranational, and global resource domains. Global commons include the Earth’s shared natural resources, such as the high oceans, the atmosphere and outer space and the Antarctic in particular.
As possibilities for travelling have become nearly endless, nowadays we tend to move more than ever before. Ideally, travelling leads to greater awareness of the outside world. It makes the world smaller and larger at the same time. My work is permeated by this paradox. Most of my works originate in extensive and goal-oriented journeys, whereby also the travelling itself is part of the work. During my travels I intent to explore quantifiable positions guided by geodetic approaches to mapping, climatology and the (sometimes arbitrary) boundaries between politics and topography.
Other recurring motifs and questions in my work are; How do myths and sagas express and shape mankind’s relationship with nature? How do we relate to and work with the elements and our environment? How do they exert influence on us? More importantly, what are humanity’s effects on geological and biological processes? What can we learn from indigenous knowledge systems, can it deepen or induce a more sustainable relationship to our natural environment, and will it bring more solidarity with the landscape?
My artistic journeys are driven by a quest for the deep history of the Earth. Geographic strata serve as diaries and are archived in nature as well as in the mind. Geography literally means ‘to describe the Earth’, in my work I would try to depict her in a poetic way and to render the visible the invisible.
While Travelling I Acquire (Vacando Acquiro / Reizend Verwerf ik)
Life credo borrowed from W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp (1874-1950)