St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp
Jasper Vonsée’s work focuses on social and environmental processes between human and nature. For Vonsée it is essential to communicate a critique of how the human race is treating earth.
The painter, who lives in Breda (Netherlands) and works in Antwerp, intends to draw the viewer’s attention to how grotesque human interaction with the world is. The fact that the human being is putting itself at the center of the universe is considered to be problematic. For his painterly language, Vonsée formulates a theoretical basis on which he orientates himself. There, he speaks about an inherent contradiction between the “responsible person” and the “loving person”. The connection between painting and mind maps sketches the world from his point of view and his role in it. Thus he not only finds his personal place in the world, but gains clarity for his identity as a personal and as an artistic individual through reduction to the essential. Why he turns to painting as a method, he answers with the fact that it is the direct artificialization of everything without any empathy. Even if he says that there is always a form of social criticism in his work, it seems to be very playful – almost cheerful. Designing a building plan for a stork hotel on a pink background is not only critical of the massive housing construction in the world – it is also based on Vonsée’s sense of humour.
© Polina Sluzkaja