Rijksakademie Open Studios: 2024

This work provides a model for looking. It dives into a formalist exploration towards image construction through the dimensions, duration, volume & acoustics occupied in the projection, motion & weight of an image.

‘Looking at animals’ is used as a method to give form & structure to drawings developed from visits to the Amsterdam Zoo (ARTIS). The link between animal, machine, cinema and zoo architecture locates the zoo as a site of intervention whereby these cumulative glances & the repeated act of looking is understood as gathering evidence.

The animals are also viewed from a distance. Therefore, distance here is not only regarded as measurement but also to mean a record from the past & how one views any species as spectacle, exotic or alien.

This work in progress was presented at the Rijksakademie open studios. 30 May – 2 June 2024.

It was preceded by the film program; The Journey of the Hyena convened at the Rijksakademie in April, 2024.


All images courtesy of the artist