2017: Couleur Locale

Couleur Locale is a circular, multi-disciplinary and educational art project that focuses on nature and sustainability, but also places itself in the middle of society. The project is a link between, on the one hand, an art and research project and on the other hand an educational program. The various components overlap and reinforce each other, and will be brought together in a final exhibition. Read more...

Couleur Locale is a circular, multi-disciplinary and educational art project that focuses on nature and sustainability, but also places itself in the middle of society.
The project is a link between, on the one hand, an art and research project and on the other hand an educational program. The various components overlap and reinforce each other, and will be brought together in a final exhibition.


As an artist, I do research into sustainability in art. The relationship between human and nature and sustainability are recurring themes in my work. For me, form and content must reinforce and not contradict. That is why my work is more and more about research into the work process, the search for other sustainable materials and cradle-to-cradle thinking and working. This has led to my artwork now being at the point where, if necessary or desirable, it can be fullybiodegradable and taken back into the cycle of nature.


Sustainability, climate change, will be defining issuesfor my generation and the generations that follow. I believe art about these subjects should not always be about doom and gloom. I believe that real, meaningful change stems from positivity. With my art, I try to create awareness, to encourage  people to rediscover their connection with nature, to have them marvel at the wonderful things surrounding us, and hopefully thereby encouraging the urge to take care of this nature.


For Couleur Local, I will, in collaboration with the CNME Maastricht, literally look for local colors. As an artist, I make my paint of natural pigments, which can be found in, for example, rock and earth. The intention is to harvest these raw materials at different (pre-designated and approved of course) locations. These raw materials are then processed into pigments in a temporary and publicly accessible workshop / lab, located at the Natuurtuinen Jekerdal in Maastricht. This involves simple processes such as grinding the raw material, experimenting with the influence of different temperatures and pH values ​​on the final colors. In addition to inorganic raw materials, I will also experiment with organic pigments that can be extracted from some plants during this project.
Together with CNME, I will realize a paint garden at the Natuurtuinen Jekerdal, in which “dye plants” will grow. With the colors I can harvest during this research period, artworks are realized. In a final exhibition, next to the end result, the full work process will be visualized and part of the whole.

Parallel to my work as an artist and researcher, an educational program will run. An art project, but multi-disciplinary and interfacing with subjects such as geography, biology, history, chemistry. The educational project will overlap and reinforce the art project. Thus, the winning of raw materials will be done together with the students on site. The students will then also start with simple processing processes to make paint from the raw materials, and with these paints visual work. The students learn about nature, the use of raw materials, the difference between linear and circular dealing with materials extracted from nature, the importance of sustainability and cradle-to-cradle principles. The lessons take place in their own surroundings, so they also learn to appreciate the natural world around them. The project can also be an inspiration for young people, students and adults.