Observe, then a new landscape opens
Try to accurately describe the last bunch of flowers you got and you’ll notice how badly you’ve looked all this time. Making people take a better look at the natural world around them is what I aspire to. To give shape to what is only half-observed and slips away in the delusion of the day. In this way I want to contribute to a sustainable relationship between nature and people. For a healthy earth and for ourselves.
In my mother’s garden….
Poppies are plants that spread immodestly but conspicuously in a garden. They have an unsightly leaf that shoots especially high. It looks more like a weed than an ornamental plant, and it’s only when budding that something shows itself that could potentially become interesting.
Just before summer starts, the poppies aren’t here one day, and the next day I saw them “suddenly” appear in my mother’s garden year after year. As if that one spring shower gives the last push. Whether the sun shone just enough that day so that all those poppies collectively thought: ‘Now is the time.’ A magical moment. A moment to cherish, because a poppy flowers profusely but very briefly. The blossoming of the flower that bursts from its shell is powerful, the colorful leaf is fragile. This flower cannot be caught in a vase. All that remains is a dried-out seed ball with a funny twelve-sided cap on a long, dry stalk. That bulb gives us confidence that we can see another bloom next summer.
My works are records of the explorer in me. I record that what goes wrong. That which I see and which I am afraid I will forget. As a reminder of my own transience. I make my own translations of nature.
About the craft chart
Graphics is a form of visual art in which the artist uses a printing technique to produce a work in circulation. Etching is a graphic intaglio technique and the technique I specialized in before graduating from art academy.
Making the poppy etchings was a registration of the fleeting transience and appearance of the poppy and at the same time an investigation into the different possibilities within the graphic etching technique: The etching plate on which I make the image can consist of different types of metal: copper, zinc or aluminum. I use zinc. I put the image on the plate by making a groove with an etching needle or by etching away a drawing in wax with acid. I fill these grooves with ink and then transfer the image, under pressure, onto paper using an etching press.
101 poppies, they come out in a day. I etched 101 there, not in a day but over a period of 3 months. There is much more that can be done with graphic techniques than I could have ever imagined and the fun I had exploring it hopefully can be seen in this series .
In order to share this experience with even more people, I bundled it in a book in 2014. I was able to achieve this through crowdfunding. The entire poppy series shown in full size with poetry by my hand. Thanks to Marleen Lutters, I had a wonderful book presentation with relations, enthusiasts, friends and family in the Hortus in Utrecht, the University Museum in Utrecht . Paul Voogt, now director of the museum, has received the first book.
Would you also like a poppy or book?