Producing a strong image comes with trial and error and from pursuing the ordinary with great curiosity. Inspiration can come from everywhere but my go-to for finding new compositions are food markets. My current collections have been shot in Amsterdam, Bali and Barcelona. I look forward to the time where COVID19 will lie behind us and I can pick up from where I left off, photographing new objects and organisms all around the world for my work.
Most photography is done by myself or in partnership with my friend and photographer Aico Lind.
Creating a wooden panel is a sixteen-step process which takes between two to three weeks. These steps include several stages of drying and layering. The entire process is done by hand – which ensures the individuality of each piece. Manually, I transfer photos onto recycled wood by using an old artistic method.
The wood I use accentuates the raw characteristics of this natural product. You see the knots, veins and cracks in the tiles. Using recycled wood is great because it allows one to see traces of its previous usage. Also, it enhances its new purpose by creating interesting dynamics between the new and the old. This manual technique sometimes generates scratches on the image when the ink does not fully adhere to the wood. This too contributes to the uniqueness of each piece and gives the art its own character.
In the final stage of the process I apply a shiny epoxy layer. This coating helps to accentuate the colours and details which make up the structure of my work. Finally, the tiles are glued together – resulting in a raw and shiny work of art that highlights the image.