Traveling through time has never been so easy. Yet, the paradox exists in quantum physics, and can be proven mathematically. Non the less, my attempt in this article is to incite the idea that inanimate objects can actually have a soul that travels through time, especially paying close attention to objects of art.
Late this past fall, I hadthe pleasure of interviewing artist Bouke de Vries, and had a beautiful conversation with him. He is a special person that exudes elegance, freedom of expression; the essence of a true artist.
It was not that easy for him, however; he was once considered one of London’s leading ceramic conservators. So as a craftsman the paradoxical question ‘’To restore, or not restore?’’ was surely in the back of his mind quite often, specially surrounded by pieces that were handed over to him such as a Ming Dynasty vase.
Bouke de Vries, the artist, has not changed as a person, except that now he has the freedom of destruction, which could equate to transcendence, transformation, evolution, and the unsuspected magic of something new to appear. From words of his own. ‘’ My work is like sculpting’’, thus creation.
We also discussed the preservation of of the soul of broken pieces through sculpting. But what soul are we talking about? A ceramic piece looking at him, or he looking at it and handling, touching its texture, feeling the visual beauty of what once was, and working with the various materials available to his artistry?
I find it very interesting that many of Bouke’s art pieces are encased in glass. To make glass silicates are used as well as sand and other compounds. Yet, silicon has been analysed by many molecular biologists because it has not been proven, nor disproven, but it is the first element with the potential to analogically create organic compounds, separate from carbon in the periodic table. In short: Life
Therefore, I am convinced that Bouke’s art pieces have a life of their own, evolving, transforming which comes from the purity of thought, ingenuity, and the mastery of the artist.
For more biographical information on this exceptional artist, please revert to www.BoukedeVries.com There you will also find galleries, and museums where his exhibitions have been shown and are still on display. Not to be missed…