My work revolves around the mythology of paradise. I consider my work as a research game in which I can play with the found information, twist the images, and unfold a new visual world. The installations are an arrangement of found items, sculptures, reliefs, and painted objects. To imply something mythological and imaginary, the installation collects everyday objects, striving for the divine.
Driven by the curiosity for promised lands, myths, and otherworldliness, I investigate the role of imagination. I try to alienate iconic images and connect the exotic with the native by stacking, collecting and combining objects and images. Nature, mythology, and the commonplace intertwine.
My work shifts between homesickness and wanderlust. This division moved me to create an imaginary place that is in between ‘home’ and ‘foreign’. By creating an unknown place, I investigate the role of the traveller, and how one could conform to an unfamiliar culture. By creating rituals, stories, icons, and sculptures, I question if I could participate in this in between, or if I will always be an observer of my own made up scenery.www.willemijnkuipers.nl