Inorganic evolution 3
(October 2020)

Have you ever cut out an aircraft engine with Photoshop? You have to have particular reasons for doing that, you need to have a lot of patience and, best of all, listen to good music while doing so. When I discovered the wonderful pictures from the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, it was immediately obvious to me that I would work with them. It is hard to tell what the beauty of these engines is. Form follows function is a common saying. It could also be described as beauty follows function. For me, the creative power of the human spirit is perceptible. And thus a piece of (human) nature. In our familiar view, nature and technology belong to completely different spheres. But isn't our creation always an expression of our nature, the same as the ripening of an apple? And isn't culture a manifestation of our nature? In that sense, the idea that we are opponents of nature is completely absurd. Perhaps we should stop thinking of ourselves as aliens. Then we could also take a more friendly position on our role in climate change. Blaming us as a species makes no sense to me. Nature has equipped us with what led into the crisis and also with what can get us out again.




Back to the engines. In their complexity, they seem like something organic. At first I wanted to form buildings out of them, but that just wouldn't fit. Almost by chance, first a beetle evolved (Inorganic Evolution 1), then a machine woman (Inorganic Evolution 2) and then this winged insect. In spite of the blackness, for me it is a reconciling and light image. Here, technology and nature meet in a friendly and natural way. Strong contrasts are always an important element in my art. Here it is delicate wings and heavy machines.


With the Inorganic Evolutions, I had the feeling of conquering something. I wanted to breathe life into the apparatus. And I had a strangely personal relationship with this creature. I was surprised and also delighted when, in the end, something so delicate, so fragile emerged from the machines.


Suitable music for this artwork:
I recommend "Motor" by Donna the Buffalo