NOW. What’s this? Ceramics? Painting? Photography?
My original training is in ceramics as well as painting. At some point I started to wonder in what way we visually perceive a 3D tangible object, specifically since in most cases we will only get to see it in a 2D reproduction in books, art magazines or online.
I further want to question the MEANING OF OWNERSHIP? of “a piece of art”. What is the essence of visual art? Is it its tangible substance or its underlying philosophy? Is it necessary or even possible to physically and legally “own” art, and if so: which part of it do we own and how does it manifest itself? Do we need to possess the actual work and if so, how often do we need to view it or do we no longer need to view it at all after we bought it? Or can we “own” art by looking at it?
Further: looking at a tangible figure, are we actually able to see it in 3D or do our brains perceive a 2D image? Vice versa, when looking at a painted or photographed figure, does our brain translate it into a 3D image?
I decided to create 3D work, but by photographing it (and also creating films with it) thus turning it into 2D work. To do this I first have to imagine the scene that I want to create, and compose it like a painting.
I am near-sighted as well as face-blind (‘Prosopagnosia’). I often can’t recognize people even though I met them before; I am having difficulties to recognize myself in a mirror and it is easier for me to recognize people inclusive myself on photographs. The comparison between 2D and 3D has become over time more increasingly relevant to my work, together with ‘visual perception’ and ‘visual memory’.