Artist statement (2015)

As a developing artist, it’s not easy to already form a clear image about “who I am” as an artist. The image I will attempt to describe isn’t more than a snapshot in a process which while keep on going.

I told myself for a long time that I made work about identity and the conflicts which arise there. For example, I made performances where I took on different identities, captured the experience of the “creator in creation” in images, and glitched images to capture my sexual conflict. 

The experience of the identity was the central theme.

But it was especially “me” that stood central stage: how I felt toward my identity.

At that moment of realization, it became clear that my “artistic identity” and “personal identity” aren’t two individuals, but one and the same.

From this insight, along with developments in my life, I started working about “myself” and my psychological development during my first year at Sint Lukas Brussels. This outed itself in a couple of very therapeutic works with which I wanted to rid myself of the demons from my present, while my previous works tried to get rid of the demons from my past.

But it didn’t stop there. My first year at Sint-Lukas Brussels didn’t only contribute to my development as a person and an artist, but also to my education. Based on the lessons and assignments, my visual language has been broadened and evolved, my metaphors and intertextuality have been deepened and developed, and my ideas and artistic process refined and clarified.

In addition, it has shown me an artistic repertoire which I see influencing my work: Berlinde De Bruyckere, Anselm Kiefer, Jan Fabre and Christian Boltanksi have been added to my repertoire of inspiration and helped develop my last works.

I have to add that this is a journey which is far from over, and there is still a long way to go. There are still several areas which can and must be improved before my work can fully be named “art work”, and only time and hard work will show if they ever get there.