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A sculptor who fires his own stone
You can look at my sculptures in the same way as you look at a Japanese Zen garden: a man-made setting that represents nature. Everything has been been placed in a way that appears accidental and self-evident, as in nature.

I have always been fascinated by the knowledge that all of this has been created and everything has been thought out carefully even though it appears natural, in a way that you will never come across in nature. You are looking at something that is actually something else. That’s when it really gets exciting.

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Drawings
The purpose of these drawings is to show what happens to sculptures when they are enlarged. As soon as you see someone standing next to the sculpture you become aware of the size of that sculpture.

Sculptures speak for themselves but people speak too, which is why in these drawings I use words as a voice-over. These are existing sentences, selected from amongst everything that has ever been written. In this way the sculpture acquires an extra layer of meaning – a still from an unknown film.

Collages
Because of the speed of this art form and the potential to combine images and materials, making collages is one of my favourite occupations. It is a freeform style that often produces unexpected results and is a source of inspiration for making sculptures. Subjects: language and architecture.

As with the pencil drawings, one of the series of collages has images and words that influence each other (film stills).

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Works for architects
Assignments based on a specific commission by an architect.

Assignments may vary widely:
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A model to provide an insight, as in the case of the Scheepvaartmuseum.
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An abstraction, as in the case of the four buildings in Vijfhuizen, buildings that become sculptures.
3
A 3D comment or interpretation, as in the case of the Rode Donders in Almere.

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Commissions for public spaces
In these projects the assignment was to design a tile pattern for floors and/or walls: in other words, not autonomous works of art but works that react to a building. The guiding principle is that the tiling has to complement the architecture in an idiosyncratic way. The design for the leaded light window can be seen as a transparent tiled wall.

The thinking underlying the designs varies greatly. It may be related to the history of a building or its purpose, or a reaction to the source of inspiration of the architect.

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Variable tile design

The idea
The design of the variable tiles is based on a combination of four different tiles, whereby a well nigh infinite number of designs is possible.

Materials
The material of which the tile is made is not necessarily fixed. Ceramic and concrete tiles are possible, but the design also lends itself to other materials such as wood, bamboo, stone, synthetics and residual materials. The size of the tile is scalable.

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