Painting (non-)Places

When possible, I prefer to paint Plein Air. When I work outside, I feel very connected to the place I am painting. Because of the time-pressure that comes with it (the light and weather are constantly changing), I am forced to capture only the most prominent features of the view.  Often, these paintings get a freshness not achieved when working from a photograph.


Non-place is a neologism coined by the French anthropologist Marc Augé to refer to anthropological spaces of transience where the human beings remain anonymous and that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as 'places'. Examples of non-places would be motorways, hotel rooms, airports and shopping malls. The term was introduced by Marc Augé in his work Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Super-modernity.

I feel attracted to Non-Places because of their sense of mystery and think there is charm in their loneliness and ugliness. 


At Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam

A Musical Evening at the Insect Cave

Building a Diorama


Diorama: 'a scenic representation in which sculptured figures and lifelike details are displayed usually in miniature so as to blend indistinguishably with a realistic painted background' (source)


I built a cosy cave with chicken wire, modelling paste, paint, paint, miniature furniture and dead animals I found in my stairwell. (My stairwell is like an insect graveyard. Every other day, I find another beautiful, stiffened bug.) Once finished, I took a picture of the diorama and switched to the screen printing, resulting in an edition of seven prints. 

Final result:

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