I'm a visual artist, working primarily with drawing. In my work I'm interested in the ways in which images and words are able to express, question, or confuse the meaning of things.
The last years my interest has specifically focused on architecture and sculpture. Part of that fascination is about the fun of experimenting with 3D structures, and about translating all the fantastic art and architecture I see around me into a personal visual language. On the other hand, I also like to study how the way we design our environment is an expression of the identity we want it to have. Architecture, as such, isn't merely a matter of visual make-up of a functional structure, it also tells us who we are.
I draw objects in the same way as Carl Linnaeus classified plants. I collect all kinds of structures, identify their characteristics and translate them into drawings. For me, these structures are like creatures, all living in an architectural biotope. I study and order them in a taxonomy called Non-Functional Structures. This biotope is not like "the real world" though. I enjoy obscuring what the structures are, creating species such as ambiguous, playful and subversive structures. My goal, as such, is to render architecture useless, in order to open it for alternative and speculative interpretations. The question that intruigues me is: What is the potential and value of architecture, when it is no longer functional?
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