"The pleasurable setting, the unique work place and the contacts with fellow artists were a compelling incentive for me to accept the invitation for a residency at the Frans Masereel Centre in Kasterlee. During my two weeks at the Centre, I worked on a series of dry needle etches.
‘Surroundings’ is the all-encompassing theme of my latest graphic works, in a bid to come up with a personal rendition of the landscape of the immediate environs I found myself in.
As the printing form for my dry needle etches, I used Mylar (polyester). All printing forms used had the same dimensions: 10.5 x 14.8 cm. The inspiration for this small format came after visiting the National Playing Cards Museum in Turnhout. From an ecological standpoint, this polyester is a rewarding material as the printing forms can be reused in mixed media, collages and worked into objects, such as light objects for instance, once they have been printed off. Which gives me a certain freedom of form.
Each work segues into the next. In doing so, the graphic side of things is no longer an aim in itself, but rather becomes a means to arrive at different insights. The figurative form that draws its inspiration from nature is a means to arrive at the essence in the subsequent stages. Colours are laid down in monochrome colour patches or parts of visible reality are left out, with only the force of the line or the colour predominating. The (evening glow) red is in reference to the way the air colours red, caused by the heating of the vegetable greenhouses.
My work is permeated by the interaction between figurative and abstract, black and white and colour."
10.11.2014 - 21.11.2014