Genomineerd voor De Nederlandse Portretprijs 2021.
Seeing Jaume Plensa’s human-height basalt portraits at “Sculptures bu the Sea” in 2019 touched me. It made me start a search for the stillness in my own perceptive reflections. This process of self-examination followed a period of larger, more extravagant touches and dynamic positions.
The presence and attitude of Li, our best friends’ daughter, nurtured this self-examination. Personally, I feel Li exemplifies both unapproachable and unattainable aspects of communication, and represents a real encounter with a fierce personality and genuine interaction.
Fate determines much. It links people and events. Sometimes for just a moment, sometimes for a lifetime. Fate brought Li to our friends. It brought me to Li and Li to me.
There was time, an opportune moment.
Matter has its own energy. She, the clay, provides me with an entrance. She allows herself to be worked, formed, polished as if she were purely docile. This could not be further from the truth. Matter shows a will of its own, its own power an exposes what apparently must be seen. It uncovers the inside and lays it bare.
- 24 x 25 x 22
- Keramiek, meerpaal, ijzer
This release of directing the result giving fate space, I reinforced by using the pit fire technique to shape Li’s portrait.
It was magnificent: a beautiful day, preparing the pit fire together. Largely giving free rein to the elements earth, air and fire. Feeling unrestrained to play with the sulfates of copper, cobalt and iron.
The final result’s “peel off”, addind the element of water to remove the ashes, caked wood residues covered in soot… you feel how much depends on fate.
Carried by the timeless strength of this mooring post, is this Li-inside.