My first work City Landscape I, is created from a social point of view shaped into an artistic concept. In this work I picture home, it is the area in which I grew up, the Netherlands – Delft/ Den Haag. This city visualize home. It touches emotions. Because the own city is reminiscent of memories, feelings, time and energy that is experienced in this city and that feeling of home we all share, no matter where we come from.
The second City Landscape II EUROPE. Definitely my biggest project. It took me years to collect all the photos. The geometric compositions and interplay of lines in the architecture of these landscapes fascinate me. Europe is in one of the biggest crisis, the pandemic. This image was made in which I asked myself one day: “What about a landscape by Rembrandt after 300 years?” The strange thing is, what I envisioned came true. The landscape shows traces of people and tourism. There are some tourists walking around, not many people, as if the virus has already happened in Europe. I did not know this beforehand, what I wanted to show was indeed the influence of man on the landscape and an inexplicable absence of humans. As if we are looking at a mysterious image just after something has happened. This has also been my starting point in my other landscape work by The Netherlands. How strangely realistic this vision has become! In this work photos were taken of various cities, villages, natural landscapes in: the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece and Austria. I hope to finish Europe II someday, but due to the panepidemic this work is temporarily stopped because I cannot travel unfortunately. This work is to buy 2 large formats, an edition of 5 pieces and 3 pieces.
I am fascinated by the relationship architecture has with mankind. It clearly shows the development of man, culturally, socially and technically. Mankind and architecture are strongly related to each other.
Besides that it is one of the basic needs that people need…. Shelter.
How does a landscape of Rembrandt look like 300 years later? I have documented what Rembrandt showed with brush and paint, I did with modern mediums; photography and digital techniques. I photographed photo’s from cities and landscapes all over Europe and combined them in a hyper-collage, into one final image using digital techniques. In this image we recognize Rembrandt’s wordly landscape, influenced by contemporary times.
The work clearly shows progress over the years, but that has also left its mark. New questions arise.
The work Den Haag/Delft shows the evolution of Delft and the Hague, the influence of the churches in its historical context and the central government role of the Hague , as the guardian of peace in society, which its function is to ensure that there are no issues and quarrels on its tower and home of many people.
10 March 2018
Art, Hyperphoto Collage, Photo artist, Photography