Tribute to the past.
This concerns the creation (assemblage) of art with the use of found objects (‘art des objets
Material that passed the intended life-time, think of fallen branches, cut trees, lies prey to rot
and worm. This leads to a new structure - temporarily - until the phase of composting is
reached. Take the item in this phase, and highlight the form still present, by accentuating the
resistant part. Indeed, the scraping and rasping of the more rotten, decayed parts, also makes
visible the nature of decay. The firmer, robust parts define the new shape. At safe distance
from ourselves, transcience becomes tangible.
Comparable is the picking of material, that once was assigned a specific function, but that - in
the eyes of the human, lost it. Form and function are bound tightly. Often, these are still
recognizable, if such items are found amongst demolition material. The saw, hammer and
chisel used at demolition, affect this form (and function), but often there remain enough
elements of recognition.
By leaving the wear of material, on the one hand, and by accentuation (transparent lacquer) it,
and by, on the other hand, repairing holes and cracks and by painting these smoothly, I make
visible the wear, decay as well as the original function of one and the same item,. The fact that
such items may be grasped from a container, stipulates the naked essence, that the human has discarded it. An artist making tribute to such material, demonstrates resistance against a
society taking disposition as central. The incorporation or transformation into a piece of art,
does not lead to any improvement towards a society less prone for disposition. But perhaps it
leads to reflection, or a smile.
Drager Meurtant, 2013