My doctoral thesis explores the epistemic complexity of mosaic as an experimental system in contemporary fine art practice and criticism
In Literal Cubism I present a retrospective series of enfolded paintings exploring constructive notions of the pictorial space, referencing early modernist movements such as Cubism and Constructivism as well as Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism. Through the modulation of hundreds of independent units of composition, I revisit the grid as an organisational mode highlighting the intrinsic connection between ancient mosaic principles and recent digital technologies. The exhibition showcases a particular way of structuring images conflating notions of pre- and post-digital aesthetic in a playful manner.
Kunstcentrum de Kolk
Curated by Johanna van Steen
In Material Modulation I present a selection of works in which the concept of 'thinking through making' is fundamental. Without a concern to be trendy or fit into any particular debate, my pieces vary considerably in appearance, from minimalist to decorative and even grotesque, highlighting the importance of the Deleuzian Rhizome as a model for artistic experimentation. As an artist, I strive to break away from academically imposed values of art, threading a fine line between art, craft and design, exploring themes of identity and belonging, as well as constructive approaches to the pictorial space and notions of pre- and post-digital aesthetics.
In this exhibition I offer an overview of works produced in the last 20 years, highlighting my rhizomatic approach to making, where I juxtapose a personal narrative of autoimmunity with an informed, research-based, material practice. The works presented here belong to separate series produced prior, during and after my doctoral research. Overwhelmed by post-pandemic circumstances: event cancellations, financial hardship and reduced storage space, I embraced this last-minute opportunity to get the works on display, allowing new narratives to emerge and possibly new avenues to pursue out of the oddity of the recent pandemic.
My main area of expertise is mosaic practice and theory
My research on the epistemic complexity of mosaic is unique in terms of re-establishing lost theoretical connections between an ancient additive methodology and current thought on artistic experimentation and multidisciplinary research. The analysis put forward by my doctoral thesis is relevant to current debates on digital aesthetics, design, sculptural practice and more importantly art education.