The original Aftermath sculptures, No.1 to No.5, are lost. What is left is the Aftermath No.6 Book Sculpture and these photo collages on paper.
The photo collages were created in 1993 when I was studying Mode en Kleding (Fashion & Clothing) in Venlo, the Netherlands.
I had made the sculptures three years earlier, in 1999 when I was living in Roermond. I had left my parental home and was free for the first time. I could be by myself and heal, and these artworks came almost naturally into existence.
On the weekends, I was alone in my new home because my fellow roommates left over the weekends. And then I was creating bit by bit these sculptures. From parts and pieces (junk I had collected over the years), I built in total five sculptures.
Every sculpture I worked on for many solitary hours in the common area of the flat. I could not stop and went on until it was dark and I was tired and hungry. I burned, melted, pasted, burned again, stuck, glued, sprayed, and melted some more.
The sculptures were recognizable in one series since they had a few things in common. I started with a wooden board from 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in). These panels I spray-canned with silver color paint and burned. And each sculpture was held up by a heavy object, like a coil, a gas or water pipe, an iron coffee filter with a children’s table leg, a rubber flywheel, and a small motor.
And all the parts in the sculptures were meticulously handled, burned, damaged, and connected to create unique single sculptures. You can find glasses, pipes, a used mikado set, lamp sockets, electric wires, pins, a pressure gauge, rods, pieces of leather, a coil spring, burned photos of people, and much more.
The parts might look useless and some perhaps unrecognizable. But they originally came from something complete, where they were part of something that initially functioned. Now they became something different, a unique item, changed forever. And part of an art piece, a sculpture. To perhaps let the viewer think of the aftermath in (their) life.
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