For my visual research I wanted to do some research into my family tree. I was triggered by the dilapidated houses to the history of families. And so also mine. I found out names and dates of birth of someone born in 1607, that’s 400 years ago …
After discovering this information, I wanted to see faces as well. My grandmother gave me a few of family photos from the early 20th century that I could copy and use in my work.
I poured candle wax over the photos, which I found to be a very nice visual element.
You can think about it in different ways. History that you want to save forever, in the candle wax, or history that is fading. Solidified history.
In some places the photo is less visible than in other places. Sometimes you no longer recognize the photo at all.
Experimenting with wax inspired me so much that I started pouring it over dried flowers and old sheet music. I also used other colors of wax to see what that does to the mood of the artwork.
A discovery I like is what the artwork with the flowers looks like when I hold them up to the light.
Nature is a wonderful thing, and I’d like to keep it that way. We don’t have to control nature, we have to protect it from ourselves.
I like to go out for a walk, to take things home with me, to collect. I have used these collected things in these pieces of art below.