Relics of Motherhood
In my work I strive for a universal imagery, searching for the boundaries of the aesthetics and the macabre.
I reveal themes such as fear, decay, sexuality, religion, death and destruction, which play an important role in my research into ‘motherhood’. Besides my personal experiences, I represent, –in a kind of visual diary– the different roles of woman and ‘mother’ in current society. For that reason, I observe from a middle-class position, and infiltrate myself within those daily activities.
Above all, I feel an immense urge to preserve my findings. By placing myself (and my children) as subject, I translate my own experiences of society’s developments. Archetypes, historical figures and natural processes are prominent in creating my own universe, which I try to translate to the present-day. I remove objects from their original meaning, and view existing symbolisms from a different perspective. As a result, the line between the present and the past has become increasingly vague. My works often consist of separate elements, different techniques and media that together form an installation. I would like to give the spectator the feeling that they are entering my personal space.