Thinking about how memory works and about how whole pieces of it vanish and fragments survive in a strange distorted way I had the association with archeological sites where pieces of wall were destroyed and only parts of text and image remain. I also thought about the ancient pot-shards and lead-slabs that my wife showed me: fragments of text could hardly be recognized. Only by hard work and concentrated study pieces of text can be deciphered.
It made me think about a way to work with text-fragments from my diaries and sentences, expressions and stories I remember from my past. The result of my first experiments are in the next gallery.
For an open call I decided to make text-drawings about the poem “The Seafarer” which is an old English poem from the Exeter Book, one of the only four oldest surviving manuscripts with English poetry. I know it from a version written by Ezra Pound.
My interpretation is barren and crisp, about attitude and destiny.
Athens Diary 2018
During Platforms Project 2018 EX-MÊKH executed a social concept, having the public participating in a daily art-work. We bought newspapers every day. The pubic would grab scissors and cut out pictures and texts they liked. These pictures and texts were glued to one big piece of paper, fixed in a rubber pool that framed the collage. We ended up with five collages.
I wanted to do something on the side and made five diary drawings with some notions that came to me each day, written in different colours. I put them in vertical order on the side of the stand, as personal notes.
During a research-period in the USA in 2016 I wrote down pieces of text that I heard on the streets or in public transport. I wanted to use those to combine with images, but I noticed that a lot was about conflicting or parallel concepts, so I decided to make drawings of these words. I glued A4 drawing-paper to a larger piece of heavier paper to get a sense of perspective and wrote down the concepts with oil-stick in different colours.
At the “Kunstvlaai 2012”, a fair for independant artists and art initiatives, I was invited to participate as artblogger. I decided to make an exhibition with an analog artblog under the name of chmkoome/keeskoomen: By inviting a number of Dutch artists that I have been following on my blog I curated an exhibition of my favorite artists adding two works of myself. Furthermore, I wrote a diary during the fair for ten days, with conté on paper. Each day I would put the page between the works that were exhibited. I wanted to show the way my blog and my art-practice are intertwined, blogging is really a part of my art-practice. The diary pages looked like minimalistic drawings which I liked immensely. That was the start of research on the visual quality of text.