My recent interests mostly involve making oil paintings and sculptures. I find my inspiration in conflict and opposites. The relation between the positive and the negative is very important. The work must be childish and dark at the same time. The paint is dripping and the figures and landscapes are soft and almost melting. I try to work fast, so there are elements in the process I can’t control. I like losing control and then trying to regain it.
I also draw inspiration from social issues, from migration to the current situation in the Amazon.
My new project is called ‘Progress and Prosperity’. Last year, I found out that my favorite place in the world, The Amazon, is under great distress. I was unable to ignore the imagery and news feeds; I had to make my voice heard. The project is about the effects of economic gain on nature. I try to avoid clichés about logging. I find it extremely important to know as many different sides of a story as possible. I want to find out what the logger thinks, or what a plantation owner dreams about.
What does a perfect world look like? Should it be functional or aesthetic? Anyway, this world is getting more and more artificial, mathematical and calculated. Where the mathematical and the organic collide, that’s where the magic happens. That’s what I must depict.www.jonatdeelstra.com