“She views culture as a symbolic system composed of this kind of web structures, and cultural representation is not any kind of scientific experiment seeking for regularity, but instead it is a kind of explanatory science seeking for meaningfulness … Regardless of viewing as José Krijnen’s perspective or the new historican perspective, they all imply one single concept: It is the phenomenon determines concept, and not vice versa; narrative art should be made consistent in the subjective/objective manner … Of course, for José Krijnen and other artists, this door is not simply a copy of the world, in the contrast, it is some sort of self ego and various “texts”, a hypertext screen constructed with different language resources…” Cheng, artphilospher and teacher at the Jemei University in Xiamen, China (2016).
I am currently working on two themes: Razzle Dazzle and Waiting times.
‘Razzle Dazzle’ or ‘disruptive patterning’ is a phenomenon in nature in which animals blur their contours through their patterns. For example, an owl can coincide with the trunk of a tree or a running group of zebras can form a fragmentation bomb. Hugh Cott wrote a book about it in 1940. The drawing of the Pottoo being part of his surrounding is made by him. Disruptive patterns make it possible to dance on the cutting edge between realism en abstraction. Boundaries and hierarchy between subjects and objects, different cultures and different schools of thought are questioned in these monumental drawings. As an artist, I try to grasp intertextuality, meaning and mystery in a post-modern fragmented time frame. The viewer can dwell in a polyphonic space in the multitude of perspectives, patterns and structures elaborated with great attention to detail. The human figure almost merges with its environment in which the many voices conflict, compete, merge and harmonize.
Waiting times. Waiting is an everyday phenomenon and therefore a good entry into the theme of time. Waiting can be uncomfortable, restless, impatient and unwanted. People often wait for something. Waiting can also be a form of attentively keeping still: a form of biding time. The philosopher Simone Weil uses the word ‘en hupomenei’. The creative process in my work is always a form of attentively waiting, forcing myself to put each stroke manually and consciously. Since September 2020 I have started a PhD on this theme. Over the next few years, I will be researching the phenomenon both from theory, from my artistic practice and an empirical perspective.