Our mind is like a city with magnificent parks, well-stocked libraries, restaurants and concert halls, but also with neighborhoods of ill repute, dirty alleyways, and dangerous pubs. Some artists have a preference for these places, and go out exploring in the darkest and most terrifying recesses of their minds.
However, things can also be less wild, while still dealing with the same subject matter. Those of a more retiring or timid disposition seek a less confrontational path, and find a solution in the use of alter egos, metaphors, projections, and other forms of disguise. The style is then also more introverted. There is much that necessarily remains hidden from the viewer. In order, for all that, to make things intelligible to some degree, the artist seeks a system, a more or less logical arrangement, a hierarchical or serial structure. That is also useful and indispensable for himself or herself in order to keep emotions and impulses under control and to placate self-censorship. (exhibition text Paul Ilegems, 2009)
As an artist I am an observer. An investigation of the complex relationship that men maintain with objects/things is an investigation of our surrounding, our being. I am interested in the ‘little’ aspects of humanity amidst the ‘big’ society and social contexts. In the impact of contexts on semiotic processes involving objects. And in the capacity of objects to express and convey meanings.
Objects have multiple layers and they may function as carriers of images. Or become an image themselves.
Since my projects, apart from their artistic essence, involve other domains such as philosophy, anthropology, psychology, etc., with which I wanted it to enter into a dialogue, I sometimes invite a number of academics to contribute to it. So as to be able to clearly delineate my own artistic domain, I adopt a different position. The artistic process offers additional value through its comments, reflection, poetry and ‘useful uselessness’. Through this my artwork is no documentary: it does not frame objective contexts. It questions the truth and renders it in images. I pursue multilayered works of art that allow various interpretations of the truth.
My work tells with the voices of others.