A Space to Displace Yourself
“I often ask myself how our changing ideas about our existence alter us as humans. In my work, I use the image of nature or elements from it, and I employ different materials (usually those available in the area) to create installations and sculptures that investigate the perception and experience of space.
I would like to create a oval/round space, small but big enough for one person to enter. There are no corners and only one entrance, no windows in the walls, no escape at all. It’s a place to hide and maybe to experience the feeling of being displaced, to be on your own. The structure of the walls inside the space will be a rough skin of plaster, like a wild landscape, very tactile, inviting to touch. There is no object inside only you and your thoughts. This installation will be a place to hide and maybe to experience the feeling of being displaced.
My work reflects the current human condition, often with regards to nature. Using different mediums to remodel our perception of landscape, in miniature to life-sized works, I address our abandonment of the wild, and how, despite it, an instinct remains within us; an undeniable call to raw, uninhabited landscapes or conditions, whether real or philosophical. It’s my belief that imagination has the power to preserve our world.”
About Walter van Broekhuizen
Walter van Broekhuizen (22-03-1968) studied at the Akademie Sint Joost in Breda (1987-1992) and attended the Rijksakademie (1997-1998) in Amsterdam, where he was a finalist of the Prix de Rome for Drawing in 1998. His work reflects the current human condition, often with regards to nature. He uses different mediums to remodel our perception of landscape, in miniature to life-sized works. Walter has worked as an artist in South Africa, Norway, France, Indonesia and Canada, and has exhibited internationally. His commissioned work can be seen throughout the Netherlands. He lives and works in Amsterdam.