During the summer I installed several wire installations at different locations. Some of them consisted of metal wire, fencing poles and found metal objects.
The sculptures were inspired by a fragment of 11th Cent Old Dutch which was discovered on the flyleaf of a manuscript probably made in the abbey of Rochester. It is long believed the only remaining text of Old Dutch.
The poem in modern Dutch translates as
Zijn alle vogels nesten begonnen, behalve ik en jij - waarop wachten we nu? (Contemporary Dutch)
Hebban olla uogala nestas hagunnan hinase hic enda thu uuat unbidan uue nu? (Old Dutch)
Have all birds begun nests, except me and you - what are we waiting for?
The wire shapes refer to nest or cocoon (Dutch: kokon) ideas. Objects in which shelter and space for growth can be found.
My current practice revolves around a practical, repetitive approach of materials. I think about the intimacy and emotional importance of material objects and the rituals of making. The sculptures have indoor and outdoor characteristics. They mostly co-exist with the intricate poetics of site association. My works try to follow the five key characteristics of contemporary British sculpture at this moment: the preference for monolithic, enclosed forms; an informal approach to organisation and a preference for self-supporting configurations; a tendency to work with single ideas; the use of recycled materials; and the widespread deployment of modular units. The act of the ‘hand-made’, the physicality of making is also an important element of my practice.