Here you see one picture of the HOMEHAUS series in black-and-white print. The actual series will be in color.
What is this series? One day I was on a bike trip in Eastern Europe, I think it was Czechia. I saw an old, rusted car in a grass field. Lots of rubbish around it. And in my mind’s eye I saw an abstracted image of that car with the word HOME underneath it. Don’t ask me why. It was coming straight from my unconscious mind. HOME, I saw it very clearly. In a font like Futura or Montserrat.
At that moment I knew it would be a nice piece of art, the car with the word HOME. That car could be someone’s home. And at the same time it could never be a real home. What is a home? Social comment: some refugees would be really grateful having even that car for a home. It had a double message.
It started me thinking about the basics of life. A home. A child. Love. Death. Food. On another impulse I put double language in the printed words. For instance to the CHILD I added the Frisian BERN (which also means child). I am Frisian (meaning: from the province of Friesland in the North of Holland). BERNCHILD. Rather than an actual child, I added an old man. But he once was a child. Several layers of contradiction. That’s also life.
The first HOMEHAUS series will be four 90×90 cm canvases, part computer design, part printed, part painted. I’ll keep you posted.
JAAPH is a visual artist living in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.