COLLAGES


SERIES: Life Stages
DATE
February 2017
CATEGORY
(digital) collages on ceramic tiles


Curaçao is a lovely island. We are happy here. Curaçao has a certain je ne sais quoi. It always had, probably since the Native Amerindians set foot on it.
Then there is the refinery, in the heart of the island.
A stinking sore, not only to the eyes.
A small group of powerful and wealthy people control the the island and preferably leave the status quo, as long as they and their families can continue business as usual. One economic pillar is the refinery. The government is also controlled by them, and does their bidding.
This in itself fuels our anger and hopelessness. Reminding us of the colonization then and the hidden neo-colonization now.
Our island yearns for a more independent mindset, a progressive one.
Shell, later ISLA, makes and breaks us. It determines for a large part, who we are today. It brought economic and educational progress that resulted in growth and richness in culture.
The refinery doesn't fit anymore. There is a time to come, and there is a time to go. That time has come. But then again, what comes tomorrow should not continue the colonization of our minds, being both the colonizer and the colonized, but should continue to grow us and bring us closer to the next generation of independent Yu di Kòrsou.
These tiles tell the story in stages, the life stages of the Yu di Kòrsou living with the refinery 100 years. Some tiles are chipped off at the corner and ‘fixed’ with gum. This is the exact thing that the refinery also tries to do: what is destroyed they try to patch up with money.



DRAWINGS


SERIES: Native Indian Drawings
DATE
March 2016
CATEGORY
Collages/Drawings


I was introduced by another artist (Ellen Spijkstra) as a new designer/ artist for the stamps of the post office. I was thrilled to get the assignment to make a series of stamps as since being a kid I collected stamps. Now I got to make my own series! I started with Curaçaos oldest graphic design: that of the first people of the island: the Caiquetíos. The stamps are from different sites on the island where the rock drawings or decorative drawings on ceramic are found.


COLLAGES




SERIES: TREASURES FOR VIRTUES (2014)
Store your treasures in heaven...

DATE
February 2014

CATEGORY
Collages

These collages all have to do with my thoughts on what your input in your life would be now, if you believe in the life there after. There are treasures you can be collecting now that you can take with you in your eternal life, just as there are treasures you can collect in your life now, that you can't take with you after you die.


DRAWINGS


Drawing is for me my visual way of poetry. It needs to get out of your system. I draw mostly when I'm traveling, or when I'm at peace.

Series of trees: these hugging trees show how one can be rooted in this deep Love.


The drawings below is how from external predicaments like a hurricane, trees and cacti survive: baby cacti grow out of the dead cacti. New life. Plants who died but in their death bring life so the next can live.