Mixed media, light and dark effects because of the relief (wood carving)
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ABOUT THE WORK
My most admired piece at the recent Art Shopping at Carrousel The Louvre, Paris. Depicted are gods that are still... Read More
My most admired piece at the recent Art Shopping at Carrousel The Louvre, Paris. Depicted are gods that are still worshipped today; Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Boeddha, Jesus, God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Allah (on the Persian carpet). The skeletons are representatives of religions that perished, like; Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Odin, Wodan, Ra, Osiris and Isis.
The whole image raises the question: if this is the fate of the old gods, stranded on a rocky beach like a ship, to perish, is it not also the fate of the gods that are still breathing? Is all the imagery civilisations come up with not subject to change and that it will lose its meaning and power gradually, to die eventually, although it takes century’s for a religion to die or to merge into something new?
The next question is: if we, if our civilisation is at a crossroads, where are we heading? Can we define spiritual things in a new manner and are we coming up with new images and narratives, or are we deviating towards mere secular and materialistic notions?
Accompanied by an image of this work being a part of the exhibition 'Beeldenstorm' in the Abbey of Middelburg in 2017, the Netherlands.
The methods and technics that are used in general, in the following steps: linden wood or plywood as the canvas / transference of the design onto the wood or it is directly drawn or painted onto the wood / carving the wood with a knife, chisels or electric tools / finishing it with additional techniques and materials: oil paint, industrial paint, acrylic paint; sand in oil paint carefully arranged; 2d print technique: transferring shades from a plastic sheet onto the wood using heat; 3d print technique: perforated stickers or cloth covered with oil paint, afterwards the sticker or the cloth will be removed leaving a 3d pattern; putty, filler, plaster, coloured plaster; gold leaf, copper leaf; pen, pencil, charcoal, felt pen, ink; inlay (different materials); pour on varnish, a varnish which is 40x thicker than normal varnish.