"Pot Bellied / Horns of Plenty"
A new set of eight “sopra-portes” or over-door paintings for the entrance hall of a mid 18th c. Louis XV style Amsterdam monument.
A house with its history deeply rooted in the city’s seafaring and colonial past.
A series of trompe-l’oeil painted, oversized Delftware vases to be installed in the original Rococo cartouches. Each vase representing a specific area connected to Dutch maritime and colonial history. And each taken over by a mix of indigenous and endemic animals, happily munching away on the fruits of these “horns of plenty”.
Together these plants and animals allow a wide array of complex stories to be told.
Discovery .. Trade .. exchange.. inspiration .. extraction.. colonialism.. migration .. expulsion... extinction.. etc.
"Pot Bellied - Horns of Plenty" ( the provisional title of the work ) is currently being executed in the Amsterdam Studio.