april 15>30, 2023 de intimiteit van papier hamme
may 6+7, 2023 open studio days
may 13>24, 2023 coupee cahier - industriemuseum gent
september 9>24, 2023 de hamse schildersschool en het idcollectief versus het land van de pillecyn hamme




I already showed it yesterday when I was painting my coat with this circled pattern. It is a pattern I have been doing since I have started painting, circles of light that turned into circles of people seen from above, and now into a fence. I think the ceiling of my old bedroom is somehow responsible for this. It was a ceiling made out of wood and it had a lot of knots typical for that kind of wood that look just like the circles above. Those old memories have still a lot of influence on me today.

I was making some sketches of circled things for a competition I want to join. Then, I made a collage of papers I had from trimming a book, the bleu paint that was added ... well that was a minor accident. And it led me to making a mold of picket fence shape I used on a blue background, adding the orange as a contrast.   





That's the chronology of how this artwork was created: one thing leading to another. But I also like the symbolism of a fence, a deeper meaning to an artwork that just seems abstract.

The white picket fence syndrome is about a state of mind where a person blindly holds on to the idea of their perfect lifestyle, regardless of the inevitable life factors that make it impossible for it to be true. Sounds familiar? I think it is relevant today: We are all doing it in one way or another, and we all know someone who's excellent at it. Maybe it is my call to be more true, more real ... ;).