Katrien wrote the following text to me about the sculpture Im Werden, which is her contribution to the Prelude Exhibition in Bredelar.
"I will just start writing this text and see where it leads; The photographs in newspapers showing the great tragedies that occur in times of major disasters, such as tornadoes, tsunamis and earthquakes, are fascinating, as is warfare, the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan in Afghanistan, or of those in Bangladesh and Timbuktu.
In addition to human suffering, we see cities that are in ruins, carcasses of buildings, a ship in the middle of a village, cracked roads, and houses lifted up into the air as if they were matchboxes. After the destruction and sorrow, many find the courage to move on, to clear away the rubble, to find a place for their grief. There is always the urge to keep going.
A text, a piece of music, a sculpture, why does it affect us?
Why are we moved when paintings such as those stolen from the Kunsthal are burned?
Tragedy/sorrow/destruction go hand in hand with emotion and beauty. a little further perhaps but touching each other there lies vulnerability, opened out. is it faith perhaps? I don't know
I don't want this new sculpture to be an expression of the hevainess of sorrow, but rather of (the lightness of) chance - again, not in sickness, but beyond it – where a new place, a new pattern arises if you will the beautiful and messy fringe.
it should be a bit like an island, so not as flat on the ground as my 'imagined landscape' sculpture was, but built up a bit higher and thicker, and the shapes should be less separate from each other. Remnants of colour, i.e. the plastic parts that are not always completely covered, ensuring that something remains, but watch out though - I need to find out whether it works".