Exhausted And ...

A performance with a tail.

during the opening of the summer exhibition at VierVaart in Groede

An outdoor sculpture about how humanity explores, colonises and leaves the world behind. A flat oval (largest length 300 cm. smallest width 200 cm.)with a small raised edge of plusminus 3 cm. A thin layer of salty clay is spread on this oval and during a performance, the flat clay is first explored by the feet and then vigorously touched with the feet until exhaustion follows. During the exhibition, it would be nice if visitors to the quadrilateral take photos and perhaps comments of the oval left behind, how it changes due to drought or rain. I would like to collect these photos and comments and post them on a special page in my site on the internet.



6 May


film of first part - exploring



film of second part - colonising



film of third part - escalating




photo Frans






photo Anne-Lies




7 May

photo wim



7 May 19:00

photo Janine



13 May



photo's Iris



14 May 10:02

photo Janine


17 May 13:05


photo Janine

Some change is noticeable in the oval, grasses have entered the oval and when it rains, water remains in it, which incidentally dries up when it stops raining for a while. The colour of the soil also changes when it rains, becoming darker and when it dries out it looks light grey and cracks appear. At different times of the day, it looks different anyway. Nice to notice all this when you have an eye for it. But no obvious sign of plant growth or anything.



17 June

photo Jaap


The status of this clay project is (dd 17/06/23) dehydration due to the heat which has made it hard Seeds have hopefully been absorbed into the clay by the processing (tripping) Time is a good thing to see what the final result will be.
I would like to be kept informed about that. Kind regards Jaap

On 16 June, I was at your exhibition in Groede.
You had had the photo from Jaap.
The clay was rock hard and very similar to the white salty clay from the Waterdunen, which had been intensively walked on by cows.
In the hollows was small stuff; dust, fluff from the trees and seeds similar to those of the judas pennywort, but much smaller.

Greetings Joke


23 June


photo's Fred and Han


23 June

photo Marie-Jose



23 June

photo Rob




24 June
photo Bas

It looks so hard and dry.



24 June



photo's Diana and Hans



photo Kees

This is what 'the earth' looks like now, Saturday 24 June. Was totally dried out a few days earlier, but after a good shower it was creamy again like in the beginning. But not much is growing yet. Kees


28 June
photo Willem




4 July



5 July

photo laura

not much rain, a bit darker but you can't see that in the photo I guess ... Laura



6 July

photo kees

Two weeks and a summer storm later, the earth has silted up. And nothing is still growing, at least not above ground. But who knows what bacteria and fungi are doing below the surface. Kees



7 July

photo Jet




11 July

photo Henk

Clay collected, worked by scanning, textures, dryness, as if sculpted, immortalised, seems to symbolise climate change and at the mercy of nature.... Henk


4 August 19.40





photo's Marga



18 August



There is plenty of hope more and more seeds are germinating.



24 August

photo Karin


Last night's rain went over it and covered the cracks a bit again.



27 August

photo Ingrid



9 September

photo Henk


Now, September 9, after a tropical week preceded by rain, the ground is flattening. More and more plants are growing. Pioneers like algae and mosses. Also a pea-like, grasses and what falls under weeds. Grass along the side grows over it. There is plenty of light but no sun. Henk


27 oktober


these were the last photos
27 October, the sculpture was cleaned up.





K r e e k w a t e r s t r o m e n

Presentation at the VierVaart project room May-September2023


Following the first two visits to Viervaart this winter and combined with the great influence of man on nature, in the exhibition I want to focus mainly on the estuary around West Zeeuws Vlaanderen. The mudflats that change with every tide , the creeks that take on totally new forms when they run dry. The constant change that determines its own path despite human intervention.

Thus, on paper and wood, I shaped existing gully patterns and creek shapes with water. Drawing in them with a crown pen using India ink creates catchment areas determined by the bobbing paper and the places where there is more or less water.


On one sheet (150 cm. high and 260 cm. wide), I painted a creek.

The painting was recorded on film which will be shown in Viervaart.


k r e e k w a t e r k l e u r





k r e e k w a t e r

format 21x 15 cm.
24 page's



h e t w a t e r k o m t

I always thought changes in nature were cycles that repeated themselves over and over again. Plants in the dunes die off and come back after a leaching period. These are visible processes. But I have discovered, that these processes are subject to much larger cycles, which cannot be overlooked. Cycles created by human influence. We are at the beginning and don't know where it is going. All those small movements in nature are swallowed up by these larger cycles. Observations of today are quickly outdated and history before you know it. How we look at the present in the knowledge that it will soon be completely different has a great influence on my work.





b o o k c a s e


during my exhibition at Viervaart, small artist books by me will be on display in the reception area. Books made in the period from 1992 to the present.