12 December 2017

Conceptual work (collection)

Personal thoughts and reflections


Conceptual art allows me to share certain thoughts and feelings that may be hard to articulate otherwise. This makes for highly personal images that are intentionally challenging to read, like a visual puzzle.



Sometimes we meet someone at a serendipitous time. But more often the timing will be off just a notch, and the encounter will go by in passing. Drawn with one of my favorite short stories in mind, by Haruki Murakami: On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning.

Procedural heartbreak

Procedural Heartbreak

Heartbreak as a procedurally generated puzzle that's different every time, but follows a similar logic. Even if you return it to its initial state, something will have changed.

Boxed-in Woman

Boxed-in Woman

A profile image for "Women Who Draw", a large directory of female illustrators. The image had to portray a single woman on a white background, within certain dimensions. Although the thousands of illustrators interpreting this in their own way have created a fantastic diversity of images, I still found it ironic that all these drawn women still existed within the stated confines. In my entry, a woman is pushing out of her box.

Go Ham or Go Home

Go HAM or Go Home

Social commentary on empty corporate careers. Going 'HAM' stands for going 'Hard As a Motherfucker".

Daruma wishful thinking

Wishful thinking

I always felt ambivalent about the end-of-year burning of the Japanese daruma dolls who helped their owners' wishes to come true.

Borderline Roses

Borderline Roses

From Wikipedia: "People with [Borderline Personality Disorder] can be very sensitive to the way others treat them [...]. Their feelings about others often shift from positive to negative after a disappointment, a perceived threat of losing someone, or a perceived loss of esteem in the eyes of someone they value. This phenomenon, sometimes called splitting or black-and-white thinking, includes a shift from idealizing others (feeling admiration and love) to devaluing them (feeling anger or dislike). Combined with mood disturbances, idealization and devaluation can undermine relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.

While strongly desiring intimacy, people with BPD tend toward insecure, avoidant or ambivalent, or fearfully preoccupied attachment patterns in relationships."