– GAIA Earth Mother –
Throughout the centuries, mankind has placed itself above nature instead of being part of it. I believe that we must become one with nature again. Realise that our planet and nature are the basis of our very existence. It is our task to cherish and protect it; the earth is on a long-term loan to us from our great-grandchildren.
With this series, I want to show the beauty and at the same time vulnerability of our planet.
During the creation of the series, I came across this inspiring poem. (source unknown)
Long ago before the first human Before the first tree Her life began She breathes and growes, blood rushes through her veins. She can feel pain She can feed us, when we are hungry Heals us when we are sick She has the power to give us energy The power to make us smile She is not human She is the Earth There is a reason, why we call her GAIA - Earth Mother
(ongoing – started in 2021)
– ROOTS –
A search for the roots of my existence, the Linden tree. In ancient times, the linden tree was regarded as a sacred tree by the Celts and the Germanic people. The goddess Freya is said to have settled in it. The spirit of the lime tree was seen as a protector of houses, wells and churches.
The lime tree was also considered a ‘good tree’. Justice was administered by the Vierschaar and other ceremonies were held there, such as weddings; the lovers’ thumbs were pressed into the bark. (ongoing – started in 2019)
– Hands –
We are accustomed to making immediate “contact” with the eyes of the person being portrayed. In this series, the hands make contact and tell the story. (2017)