The installation Art Who Needs It represents the innercity: where life is so palpably unfair that the rich live in a state of astonishing denial while among the poor suspicion runs deep.
Those who are unable to make a living within the structure of soceity, are therefore forced to seek other methods of income on the streets. This is an ode to all the women who braid hair in the Central Business District of Johannesburg.
With this sculpture I intended to create an awareness of what is going on, outside the bubble of privileged, wealthy europe.
My wish was to bring the outside inside, to force the viewer into the imagery of South Africa. Much is the same with my comic art; by drawing the reader into the narrative, the imagery envelops the viewer, questioning beliefs, principes and social values.
On opening night in the House of Imagery in Breda, I was very relieved when a couple approached me to discuss my work. "We reconize this", they said, "We´ve also travelled through Africa".