After finishing my studies at the Minerva art Academy in Groningen, I became fascinated by science and by the world of multinationals. Since then, I developed and established my own (art)multinational High Tech Brain Technologies (HTBT). In the name of this multinational I effectuated different art projects, signed as HTBT.TV, -Pharma and –Lab.
When I myself became chronically ill, I started looking at illness and health in a more personal manner and I incorporated my illnesses and medications into self-portraits, within a project called ‘Look (at) inside me’. With pencils, I scratched my own X-rays, scans and viruses on meters high canvasses.
This duality of, on the one hand the beauty of science, the Western promise of a healthier and longer life, the idea that everything can be made proclaimed by chemical and pharmaceutical multinationals, and on the other hand the brutal selfishness, the financial gain, the polluting effects on the environment, all of this fascinates me.
One eats a croissant within a few minutes, however the plastic it is wrapped in lasts for at least hundred years. In recent years I have been thinking more and more about the uselessness of the enormous quantities of packaging materials for food that are being thrown away and wasted.
I started to think about what I could do with these materials and I started collecting used materials like plastic caps and bags. By researching what can be done with these materials and by different placement, organization and categorization of these objects, outlandish, three-dimensional still lives of unknown origins arise.
Bottles and containers filled with fluids and light, the melted plastics placed on wooden assembly lines, resemble industrial processes or secret experiments. Colored light seems radioactive and changes constantly and frosted, see-through plastic that breaks the light beautifully and enhances it.