The original Aftermath sculptures are lost. What is physically left is the Aftermath Book-Sculpture (No.6) and these photo collections on paper.
The Aftermath photo collections were created in 1993 when I studied Mode en Kleding (Fashion & Clothing) in Venlo, in the Netherlands. And before I went to the Art Academy, from 1994-1999.
I had made the sculptures three years earlier, in 1990 when I was living in Roermond. I just turned seventeen, and I had left my parental home and was free for the first time. I could be by myself and heal, and these sculptures came almost naturally into existence.
On the weekends, when I was alone in my new home because my fellow roommates left over the weekends, I was naturally creating bit by bit these sculptures. From parts and pieces of junk, I had collected over the years. I built these five Aftermath sculptures (No. 1 to 5).
Every sculpture I worked on 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 Aftermath sculptures (No. 1 to 5) were recognizable in one series since they had a few things in common. They have as a base a wooden board from 40 x 40 cm (15.7 x 15.7 in), which I spray-canned with silver color paint and burned. 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.
All the parts in the sculptures were meticulously handled, burned, damaged, and connected to create unique single sculptures. When one looks at the photos one can find glasses, pipes, a used mikado set, lamp sockets, electric wires, pins, a pressure gauge, rods, pieces of leather, 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, changed forever. And part of something new, an art piece, an Aftermath-Sculpture. To perhaps let the viewer think of the aftermath in (their) life.
When I finished these five Aftermath-Sculptures, I felt not yet fully ready. And I had some components left. Or was drawn to the book as a medium? Whatever it was, I made a sixth sculpture, this Book-Sculpture. I find it quite symbolic as well since we all carry our own unique stories.
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