Just over a year after I started this experiment, one of my best friends saw what I had created. He was so surprised. He found my work very divergent and he liked it so much that he invited me to exhibit my works, just for one day, at his place in Middelburg during an event called “The Art Route.” It took a lot of convincing, but he eventually managed to persuade me to do so.
So on the fourth of July 2010, not even a year after I embarked on “my new way of life,” my very first exhibition took place in Middelburg. And to my surprise, I received some rather positive reactions. Then, shortly afterwards I was invited to exhibit my work at Galerie T, also in Middelburg. The interest from others made me rethink. From that moment onwards, I took my work more seriously and I started to focus more on what I really wanted to do: to create certain kinds of stories, presentations, or maybe cartoons, by using objects that are usually used in other ways. Barbies and statues of saints; action men and porcelain figurines; artificial flowers and jewelry…and so on. All of these elements are reworked and combined with paint, glue, fabrics, pieces of plants, rope, and all sorts of things that I come across. In many cases, I mix an array of different elements into one single presentation.
Sometimes I make these objects just for the sheer fun of making them. But sometimes I have something to say, some criticism of our society to blurt out. Many of my presentations have an intended meaning, but quite often you will need to find these symbols for yourself. You may also detect some humor and self-mockery in my works.
Representation: Smith-Davidson Gallery Amsterdam, Miami