As said before, it does not matter where one is.
However one has to make sure to steer directly into the
impossible. Of course one has to keep the balance on
the way, though only under the single condition that the
balance is made less safe. Less and less safe.
A few years ago I noticed that something was about to change within my artistic practise.
I decided to frame this point of departure within a set project: 'On a Stroll with ...'
And as my work is so closely linked to literature and authors, I needed a strong partner ‘in crime’.
I found my unbeknownst collaborator in Virginia Woolf and her astounding body of work.
I am intrigued by her novels, themes and literary vision that took her a lifetime to explore and develop.
Virginia Woolf was an explorer and makes me want to 'go out there' and gain new ground myself.
Adhering strictly to the chronological order of her nine novels I now find myself precariously up and in the air of mid-exploration.
The title ‘On a Stroll with Mrs Woolf’ might have the cosy appearance of a walk in the park and of getting home for tea. However going for a stroll with Mrs Virginia Woolf is a high-strung enterprise; exciting and demanding; looking about and taking in myriads of impressions. She was not home for tea though, as it was really a tightrope walk more than anything else. If I want to follow and keep up with her pace, I have to hold on tight!
Her dense visual reflections and lyricism are the proverbial white glove thrown to the ground. Inherent themes such as the passing of time, the fractionation of perspectives and atmospheres, as well as pace seep into my work on a visual level.
Dare I say it? Each book can be understood as a stepping stone, a point of arrival as well as one of departure, on this very personal tight-rope walk of mine.
(The project is now finished. A documentation Woolf I - IX will be out soon.)
Some of my artworks are available as edition prints on paper.
Look at 'Ways and Means: On a Stroll with Mrs. Woolf' for a more in depth commentary.