Whatever the imagery, I am very interested in the process for constructing a drawing or a painting. The drawing process is easier to describe due to its more direct, and perhaps singular, nature. It starts with a very long line, usually a spiral, of late. I continue to make lines with the “rule” that I not cross any of the previous lines. The result is a self refining process. At the beginning, the lines or marks are very loosely responsive to the image I am building. As this progresses, the remaining white spaces for additional lines become smaller and smaller, and the information that gets built into the drawing becomes more and more specific. Edges, such as the edge of a head, are found rather than started with. This synthesis of process and image, while very time-consuming, feels very fluent and natural to me. The act of making these, I imagine, is like jumping into a big vat of molasses: The initial descent would be fast, but further submergence would be progressively slower until the medium's viscosity stops all movement.
PETERANTHONIE van de KREEKE
I need to communicate by means other than speech or writing. When writing, I keep judging, disapproving and rewriting my words. When I speak, I often regret my words, and cannot later retract them. I can only, at best, excuse myself. Over and over again, the endless experimentations with color, forms, signs and symbols allow me to discover, and to reveal, what I have never seen before. On the one hand inspired by urbanization, and on the other hand by unspoiled Nature and her inhabitants, I hope my work will eventually lead to a kind of collective formula, that overrules symbolic systems like languages. And apart from any religious-, political-, and/or social environment, these paintings could then really make true communication possible.