I have become an artist because I love the creative process. When I’m working on my art, I am completely in charge of what I create from beginning till end. I am totally in control, and that gives me a very gratifying sense of power.
My work deals a lot with the mystery of man; of what goes on in their minds. I believe that every person, no matter how well you think you know them, is in essence a mystery to anyone but themselves. This frame of thought has inspired a whole new style and the way in which I depict humans in my paintings. Their heads are simplified, all similar in shape and the facial features are no longer well defined. Over time my work has become less realistic and more stylized. I work with oils as well as acrylics, and whereas in the past I used primarily with the pallet knife, I currently work almost exclusively with paint brushes.
Although my style and technique keep evolving, the elemental theme of real people in real life situations remains unchanged. I am greatly inspired by the actions and circumstances of normal, everyday people in society. I use my art to raise the publics’ consciousness of the problems so many of our fellow citizens encounter in Surinamese society today. Some of the situations are inspired by memories, some by dreams and some by observations I make from my surroundings.
I also create three-dimensional pieces of art, preferably out of materials such as for example plastic bottles, wooden sticks or pieces of cloth, which I use repetitively in large numbers because of the refined esthetical value I believe this lends to the art. Out of these, the large cloth sculptures of human figures, have become an important art project of mine, called the Flexible man project.
The fabric figures are inspired by the cultural diversity of our society. They are made of textiles because I was raised in an environment with textiles. My grandfather was a tailor and my mother too. I am also convinced that the issue of cultural diversity can best be expressed with the textiles typical for each of the different cultures.
2015 Opening exhibition new location Readytex Art Gallery, Paramaribo, Suriname
2014 Circus Terminal Worldwide, international traveling exhibition, De Hal, Suriname
2014 WAT, Readytex Art Gallery group exhibition, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Carifesta art exhibition, KKF, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Cultural Currents, Miami meets Paramaribo, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2013 Pigments>Guyanne, Martinique, French Guyana
2013 Expo 20 years Readytex Art Gallery, De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2012 Revealing our stored treasures, RAG in De Hal, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 ACT 5, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
2011 National Art Fair, Paramaribo, Suriname
2011 Art Zuid 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2011 About Change, World Bank, Washington DC, USA
2011 Suriname Heritage Festival, Ft. Nw. Amsterdam, Commewijne, Suriname
2011 Wrestling with the image: Caribbean interventions, OAS, Washington DC, USA