Nature looks soft, but it is tough and enduring. It gives me an irresistible passion to create. A physical struggle to capture that what perishes in robust material. This is how autonomous works of art come into being, mostly made of sturdy rusted metal. In commissioned I make more narrative conceptual work with excursions to product-design. It is a tremendously interesting challenge to create my timeless moments in nature in various dimensions in graceful, organic-looking, natural forms. Delicate and eternal.
Like an explorer, I wonder, look around and am touched by the richness of nature. In the beauty of forms, I discover details that I am afraid to forget. I store them in my memory or physically in my Wunderkammer (archive). They are remnants of natural processes around me, such as growth, germination and decay, which remind me of my own transience. My sculptures are not copies of nature; they are the results of my search for natural archetypes. They are my way of reaffirming my connection with nature.
In the course of time, mankind has become increasingly distanced from its living environment; nature. With impact on the planet earth and our (mental) health. This awareness grows with the knowledge that a sustainable relationship between man and nature contributes to our health, well-being and happiness. Contact with nature makes us happier and healthier, that is Biophilia.
I want to connect people with nature by enriching the physical environment with objects and installations that connect us with nature. I want the viewer to look with the eyes of an explorer with wonder and (renewed) respect for the natural world around him.
When you look at my works, the Biophilia effect kicks in. People start digging in their subconscious for memories in nature in which the patterns occur. Back to those happy moments in the woods or on the beach, for example, and this causes relaxation.