Drager Meurtant (1951),since long writes poetry besides of his work as veterinarian-biomedical researcher (oncology, retired 2017). At the age of 61 he decided to also translate his perception of life in visual art: sculptures (assemblages), collages, graphics and paintings became part of the spectrum. As autodidact and with experience in carpentry, natural materials (wood, stone) in addition to construction material are at the basis of his assemblages. Much of the basic elements are from demolition- / remnant materials ("recycling art"), some are 'objets trouvés'.
A leading principle is the fascination for the processes of development and decay, as these occur in nature, but also in products made by human hands.
When artworks are created, the elements or fragments often contain the 'state-of-being' and historic evolution in their constitution. By use of such fragments the artist's perception of life experiences is transformed into visual art. The expression of such a perception in different mediums, reflects the languages used by the artist. Not seldom are elements made to 'clash', by the artist, by use of different materials or state of genesis / decay, in order to visualize the tensions that transpire existence.
At walks in city, village, or industry-zone, but also in nature, photography becomes another means to grasp the world we live in. Also in graphical work, painting and collage, this vision is active.
Essay on creating assemblages: http://www.axonjournal.com.au/issue-9/assemblages
Essay with visual art and poetry: https://www.axonjournal.com.au/issue-vol-10-no-2-dec-2020
Other essays with views or reviews on art: www.dragermeurtant.wordpress.com. and on http://kdoutsiderart.tumblr.com/dragermeurtant
Book: Drager Meurtant - Paleidokopus, with over 55 photos (art / street) and associated texts, published June 2018.
Member of the International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists.
Member of Sculpture Network
Supporter of movement to make culture free from sponsoring by fossil fuel industries, http://oilsponsorshipfree.org/