NOW. What’s this? Ceramics? Painting? Photography?
I noticed a lot of figurative ceramic sculptures that seem, as opposed to other media i.e. painting, so self-involved with aspects of technical skills that they are by this reduced to serving only a decorative purpose with no other meaning. I consider that missing the point of art. I am neither interested in a display of technique, nor cloning nature or distorting it to make a caricature. My quest became how to use ceramic and ceramic figures like any other media as a tool to express an aspect of human life WITHOUT drawing the attention onto the media itself.
I further want to question the MEANING OF OWNERSHIP? of “a piece of art”, especially so material-based art-forms like ceramics. What makes the essence of a piece of visual art? Its tangible substance or its underlying philosophy? Is it necessary or possible to physically and legally “own” art, and if so: which part of it do we own? by placing it within one’s (own) room, or can we “own” it by looking at it? How are the two connected, or are they at all? For how long and when can we “own” art, under these circumstances? What if one would create 3D work, but by photographing it turn it into a 2D work? When we look at a figure in front of us, are we able to see it in 3D or do our brains turn it into imaginary 2D? Vice versa, when looking at a painted or photographed figure, does our brain translate it into a 3D image?
At a relatively late point in my life I found out that I am face-blind (‘prosopagnosia’) and often can’t recognize people I meet, even though I met them before as well as that I am having difficulties to recognize myself in a mirror. I found out it is easier for me to recognize people inclusive myself on photographs. The comparison between 2D and 3D has become over time more and more relevant to my work, as well as the meaning of ‘memory’.