Philosophy of my art
When I paint on different types of printed paper it is not for decorative purposes (similar to the cubists who lined their canvases with newspaper fragments around 1912), but rather because their words or lines modify the interpretation of what I paint. Placing a blooming apple tree on a subway map is not just a landscape in spring – I superimpose and oppose two worlds. Two ways of living, or two ways of surviving. I try to stage divergent concepts and ideas through visual means
These backgrounds (newspapers, maps or stock certficates) are cold and rigid depictions of modern life, with its fast pace (as symbolized by highways), its rules, and its urban areas. With these as background, I paint or draw the contrasting, stagnant, almost immutable landscapes: fragments of villages, the banks of the Meuse (a river in the Walloon area of Belgium), nudes or semi-nu.