Above: Two Beams Saying HI, 2009
Below left: Universal Flag, 2008
Below right: Untiled, 2014
Humour is not something that I put in deliberately; it’s just there most of the time. It’s a really good way to communicate, so I’m glad that it works that way for me.
Above: Full Colour, 2008 (CMYK soft drinks)
Below: Nascar, 2004 (shopping & garbage bags, plastic foil, tape, air)
All my works are based on concepts. When I start thinking about a new idea I try to go back to the basis and think from that point on, looking for contradictions, leaving everything open and possible.
Above: Skirting Board Sunset, 2008
Below left: Always Coca-Cola, 2008 (A plant that is only to be given Coca-Cola)
Below right: Plant Lamps, 2008
Commissioned by Euro Land Art, “Nature in the Netherlands” is a series works where large-scale replicate the shape of typical plant labels, each with corresponding prints on the front identifying the particular plant species. Installed in the nature reserve Het Bossche Broek, the works pay attention to the richness of flora in The Netherlands, and questions the very notion of Dutch “nature”.
I use the medium that best suits the idea, so it can basically be anything: a sculpture, a music piece, a performance… There is no particular reason that many works are outdoors (as far as I know).
I have two kids: a six-year-old girl and a four-year-old son. They keep me from my work but they also inspire me. They look at the world as only children can—they can think more freely than grown-ups, if you know what I mean. They say knowledge is power but there is also something lost there.
Above: Tree in Front of Billboard, 2004
Below: FLAMMA, 2008 (A Basic Need)
“The thought of people burning their furniture during the war so they could keep warm and cook formed the inspiration for FLAMMA. FLAMMA harks back to one of humanity’s basic needs: making fire. I thought it would be interesting to go into IKEA as if I was a primitive human being and make fire using products found there. The project also fits the back-to-basics image of IKEA and the Swedish lifestyle. IKEA does not, however, sell lighters or matches.”