All that glitters
In situ installation, 2019
(schellac, gold leaf, beeswax.)
Kintsukuroi (japanese: to repair what is broken with gilding technique) applied to the scars, branches and bark of old veteran trees.
Because of the weather and elements the gold leaf will eventually flake off in a few years, becoming scattered in the surroundings. Serving as a reminder of the value and transiency of trees and nature.
The stones found in the area of Limburg, Belgium, are not always just stones. These are pieces of high grade antracite, recognizable by its shiny, silvery sheen, only dumped in the mining process because they were deemed to small to process. Mountains made up of this mining waste are called 'terrils' in Belgium and France. (In English: spoil tip) They form a clear visual reference for everyone living in the area. Because of the wealth the coal mining has brought the region, the miners and their families, (my Grandfather being one of them.) I decided to give something to these stones in return.
Pieces of disposed antracite from the spoiltip of Zwartberg, Genk, BE, adorned with glass beads, freshwaters pearls, wax beads.
The hand that gives
Casting wax, dried twigs
Cyanotype on marble pebble
Casting wax and crow feet,
mounted on marble
Hommage to Yves Klein
Natural sponge, YKB pigment, leaf gold
Mussels from Brussels
Mussel shells, IKB pigment, plaster base
plaster cast from deer skull, plaster cast cubes.
I've been thinking about moss a lot. In particular for ways to bring it into the home. Moss has an especially high rate of producing oxygen. Having moss present in your living area would improve air quality and humidity.
So, I made these small moss coasters as an experimental way to present moss colonies upon a table, as you would with a bouquet of flowers or a small plant arrangement. (to be continued)