Erik Vinkenoog

ARTEZ Arnhem
These works have evolved from interest in alchemy, the ancient secret science of refining base material. A material process develops in parallel with a spiritual development and as lead is "purified" to gold, so can the soul be purified. From the idea that all matter is animated, the visual effect is studied of substances that play a major role in alchemy, e.g. lead, mercury, copper, antimony and sulfur. The used materials are not primarily judged on their appearance, the color, but by association, with their characteristics, pathways or chemical compositions. Over time, the appearance of some paintings, has changed due to chemical reactions. A number of used pigments seems to be inclined to react with each other as well with airborne compounds. This has led to view a painting as a collection of materials in which chemical reactions occur constantly. Obsolete pigments and unstable considered paint mixtures are from this point of view a source of inspiration. Consciously and unconsciously, substances are provoked to go from one state to another, with the aim to know and influence underlying processes. There seems to be a relationship between the tendency of a substance to chemically react and the degree of toxicity. Poisoning is a connection between chemical elements and biochemical components of the human body. There is a mutual influence between matter, mind and body, partly involuntary and partly also undiscovered and unknown. ... (Read more)
Arnhem, NL
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