Jeff van Weereld

Website: http://www.jeffvanweereld.net

Email: jeff@jeffvanw.net

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evolution sisters. steel, copper, glass, titanium, gun barrels. 255 x 120 x 20 cm

granada, corroded steel, patinated copper, glass lens 60 x 96 x 10 cm

veil, oxidised copper, titanium, corroded steel, silicon lens 64 x 64 x 8 cm

optikum II: transformation, patinated bronze, glass 23 x 24 x 12 cm, sandstone base

christina, fiberglass, brass, corroded copper, optical elements 56 x 56 x 24 cm


Statement

My wall-hanging sculptures usually include optical elements and are closer to abstract than figurative. I work with sheet metals -and sometimes GRP- and combine materials with different characteristics and surface structures. I use chemical and electrochemical methods to attain the required surface finish. For free standing sculptures I love combining the clean perfection and well-defined surfaces of optical elements with the near-organic quality of patinated cast bronze. I am intrigued by the eye, as a window to the soul (whatever that may be) and, in my opinion, an essential part of human communication. Some of my work is critical of religion. Religion - every religion - is based on unsubstantiated and unsustainable assumptions. Centuries of confirmation bias have impregnated all of human society with religious philosophies, with disastrous results: intolerance, hate, violence, wars, suppression of women, suppression of free creative thinking and unacceptable interference in world affairs.