REMAINS OF TODAY STORIES ( ENG)

Stories behind more than 100 verbals and UFO’s from the Remains Of Today series.

For Dutch stories see: https://www.maritotto.nl/remains-of-today-75-100/

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collage letters en caparol op canvas 30/30 cm

Create-ism (Verbal 01)

Collage: printed characters and white acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame

Number one and part of the Remains Of Today series.

These random placed characters are spelling the words Create and Art. Those two words are important to me. To create is to exist and to leave traces of your presence. Men create and men destroy. Destruction is a negative while creating is a positive. Creating art is a superlative in creation as such. According to some, is the highest form of create-ism, or should I say creationism, in the hands of an almighty God. According to me, God means incomprehensible nature. Create-ism all included.

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collage letters en caparol op canvas 30/30 cm In particulier bezit- Barcelona

Oooh Well (verbal no.02)

Collage: plastic bag characters and white acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

This is a small slightly humoristic artwork that spells the words Oooh – well, Oooh God, Oooh no, Oooh yes. The shout, Oooh is an artful shape in itself. Images speak louder than words. But what if a word becomes an image? 

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Gibberish, plastic letter op canvas, 2018

Gibberish  (verbal no. 03)

Collage:  plastic bag characters, part of plastic product wrapping and white acrylic on canvas on a wooden frame

Gibberish means as much as plain nonsense. I think it is a nice word that covers the meaning of the word well. The term fake-news is gaining popularity since Donald Trump entered the White House. Every unwanted and unsuited fact presented to this politician is put aside and gets classed as fake news, read gibberish. This wakes suspicion at the gullible follower. To be followed up with all the familiar consequences. In this case I randomly placed characters, vowels and consonants, and somehow they seem to make sense. Behold the strange invulnerable way of how our mind works. Language is really nothing more than an agreement. If we agree to grant value to a group of characters, it has value. Kuwayt Rad 24/7. What would you make of these characters?? I think it is gibberish.

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Plastic People. verbal no.9. Plastic zak -icoontjes en plakletters 30/30 cm 2019

Plastic People (verbal no. 04)

Collage: plastic wrapping foil and transferable characters on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Plastic stands for convenience and hygiene. This was a genius invention by Alexander Parkes 1841(named Parkesine at first). Today, we drown in it. ‘Plastic People’ is addressing the plastic in and on us. What once started out as toy dolls and plastic iconic gimmicks developed into a tad vulgar but yet actual and desired beauty ideal? Who would have guessed? That leads me to the question; do we become plastic in a plastic world?

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The-No’s(e)-Have,plastic letter op canvas, 2019

The-Nose-Have-It (verbal no. 05)

Collage: characters from magazine and newspapers and white acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Inspired by recent developments concerning Brexit. Especially the images of the British House of Commons and the chairman after the counting of the votes and the proclamation of the historical words  “The No’s Have It”. This political situation was stuck and jammed and was quite unsatisfactory at the time.  But the image of the chairman calling out as loud as he can to shout down the buzz of arbitrary arguing politicians in the room is also quite comic. Certainly if you suddenly seem to hear “The Nose Have It’ instead of….

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Verbal-The American Dream-papertext and acrylic on transparant fabric and frame- 30/30 cm

The American Dream (verbal no. 06)

Collage: poster text and white acrylic paint on transparent fabric on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

The American Dream is an iconic concept Just like the phrase ‘from paperboy to millionaire’. A basic concept about what (North) America is and wants to be. Bare in mind; the country is made and created by immigrants from all over the world. Each American, except the Indian, is not native. The dream is an invitation for everybody who wants to chase it. If you make it there, you can make it anywhere, right? Of course there is some cherry picking involved. The American dream is the story of the winners, not just everybody can claim this dream. Or can they?

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verbal no.7. Waterfles dopjes/waterbottlecaps op canvas/on canvas. 2019

Still Sparkling Still (verbal 07)

Collage: six caps from bottles still and sparkling water, lacquer paint matte white on canvas on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Meet verbal no 7. A bottle of water is, or should I say 6 bottles of water were the inspiration for this piece of art. Sparkling and still are such common words when it comes to the choice in water. Not even worth to give it a second thought after you made your choice. Combined it’s a statement that seems to say; I am still here, very much alive and still sparkling!

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Revolution Will Not Be televised. verbal no.8. Titel van song Gil Scott Heron op bord-verf en krijt. 30/30 cm 2019- verkocht particulier Thun, Zwitzerland.

Revolution Will Not Be Televised (verbal no. 08)

Collage: paper cut typeface from magazine and newspaper and chalk on blackboard paint on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

This artwork is distracted from a famous and influential music-art -piece by Gil Scott-Heron. 1974, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’. I deleted the word ‘The ’at the beginning to make the revolution he is referring to more universal and still to come.

To Avoid A void (verbal no. 09)

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Avoid – A void- Have,plastic letter op canvas, 2019

Collage; plastic wrapping material and white acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series

This readymade is taken from a plastic protection sheet or bag. I can’t recall the content or use of it. The original product hosted by this sheet or bag came probably all the way from China. I presume this, excuse my stereotyping, because the Chinese companies often send products accompanied with so called English warning notes. These notes are freely translated into Chinglish, filled with harmless and cute mistakes. When it comes to these lines on this piece, the message seems clear: Avoid a void!

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Fame 2019 (makes a man take things over). verbal no.10. Jute tas (Groninger museum IS) -Papieren letters en plakletters (zilver)

Fame (makes a man take things over) verbal no. 10

Collage; canvas bag of – Bowie IS- promotional material by the Groningen Museum, NL and found and cut typefaces shaping the word Fame on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Inspired by the eponymous song – Fame by Bowie. The sub sentence: “Makes a man take things over” is also distracted from a chorus line from the same song. This is a combination of images, text and has a parallel to pop art artist, and Bowie friend, Andy Warhol.  His statement “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”, seems spot on in hindsight. Was Warhol a visionary? Did he have any idea of the magnitude of this concept in reality? Do we, really?

Gutmensch (verbal nr 11)

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Gutmensch 2019 verbal no.11. collage van letters op papier

Collage: paper characters from magazines and newspapers on wrapping-paper on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series

The word Gut mensch is on display here. This must be read with a little irony. It is a sarcastic typecast of a political correct person. Are we talking about the Good Samaritan who seeks approval? Is Gut mensch a word, claimed, used and maybe invented by the rivals of the Gut mensch? I dare you all to embrace the word and act like it, until a gut mensch is truly embedded and merely a mensch as most men are-good!

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Faith 2019 verbal no.12. print + verf

Faith (verbal nr. 12)

Collage: black and white screen-printing and red acrylic paint on plastic on a wooden frame 

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Faith -Trust, the word religion is founded on. It is a universal word but divers in interpretation. Whom or what do we have faith in, that’s more than ever the question.

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The Numbers That Shows 2019 verbal no.13. plastic getallen, etiket,streepjescode en acrylverf op vlaggenstof. 30/30cm

The Number That Shows (verbal no. 13)

Collage; numbers, stripe code and label on remains of commercial flag.

The Numbers That Show shows some random picked numbers. These numbers mean something within a certain context. Besides the context they are just numbers. In our world of diagrams, exit polls, statistics, term results, interest, index, and quotations, we connect emotion or rational choice and action to these figures. But figures can be stone-cold if it concerns notation of victims (human and animal) of disaster, wars, stable fires, disappearing biodiversity or figures about starvation, non educated or repressed in third world countries. On the other hand it can also suggest that everything is just hunky dory! Who are we? Are we merely a number of the many, a number that shows?

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Extra Blond 2019- verbal no.14. bierviltje + acryl en correctielint op canvas.

Extra Blond (verbal no. 14) 

Collage: a beermat, some correction tape and white acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Extra blond is referring to my own hair colour and all prejudice about blonds. Either we are dumb, sexy or sexy and dumb ! In my case I state with some irony; Hey guys, I might be good looking but I am not stupid.

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(Contemporary) Slavery – 2019- verbal no.15. Cotton and sticked label 30 X 30

(Contemporary) Slavery (verbal no.15)

 Collage: cotton and stitched label on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series

I found this label next to a traffic light in Zwolle nearby my atelier. This piece of art is addressing both to our convenience society as to modern slavery. Modern slavery takes place in 3th world textile factories and cotton fields. While some are ‘cheap’ in fashion, others endure and suffer a life with no, or hardly any value at all. In other words, slavery still exists.

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Leftie- 2019- verbal no.16. Gevonden plastic tas (vindplaats-station-Zwolle) + Ducktape. 30/30cm

Leftie (verbal no. 16)

Collage: found plastic bag and gaffer tape on a wooden frame

This artwork only contains one found object, a plastic bag found near central station Zwolle. Plastic waste and other trash on the streets shows how much we treasure our environment. Mankind soon will be able to travel to an alternative planet (Mars), and is dreaming of colonizing it. How can it exist at the same time: this great wisdom and immense stupidity? Concerning the word Leftie, I think it suits me well!

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This Agression (Will Not Stand) – 2019- verbal no.17. letter, bullseye en acrylverf- 30/30cm

This Aggression Will Not Stand  (verbal nr 17)

Collage: characters from magazines and newspapers and red acrylic paint on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series

I got to know this firm line in the cult film The Big Lebowski by the brothers Coen. The character Walter Shobshak (played by John Goodman) is a Vietnam veteran who thinks he’s Jewish. He is filled with repressed aggression. He uses this phrase ‘ This aggression will not stand’ every now and then with rather aggressive intonation.  This character stands in great contrast with, movie character, Jeffrey Lebowski, alias the Dude or El Duderino (played by Jeff Bridges). He is this friendly but lazy pacifistic hedonist that encounters the world peacefully and permanent under influence of soft drugs. This film has reached a cult status but this statement, later on adopted by gentle Dude became iconic as well. I do appreciate the contradiction of it.

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verbal nr 18-UFO- 01- Ondefinieerbaar gevonden wit object- op vuilniszak op houten frame. 30x 30 cm

UFO 01 (Verbal no.18) and UFO 02 (verbal no.19)

Collage: unidentified found objects black and white, on garbage bag on a wooden frame.

The objects, placed minimalistic in composition, are found on the streets nearby my atelier at the Rieteweg 10, Zwolle. They are pieces of plastic, part of? Or does it surpluses a bigger item? It probably hit the streets after an unwrapping routine. Ever since I am focussed on these small, strange but often graphically beautiful objects, I spot them all the time. Because of my intervention it gets staged and approached aesthetically.  But what it really reveals is the amount of trash we leave behind on the streets. Sometimes it concerns big litter like fast-food remains but as this proves also numerous non descript plastic anonymous items. Trash, noticed by no one, hanging around like it belongs there. As pieces of sandstone planned by Mother Nature, moving from location to location. Are these the same pieces of plastic found in stomachs of fish and seabirds? 

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verbal nr 20-UFO- 02- Ondefinieerbaar gevonden zwarte objecten- op stucloper op houten frame. 30x 30 cm
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Verbal no.19 NO Gevonden letters + plastic verpakkingszakje op houten frame en foam board 30x 30cm

No (verbal no.20)

Collage: found characters from magazines and newspapers and plastic wrapping bag on foam board and a wooden frame. 

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Buy a machine with multiple parts and you are getting a box filled with smaller boxes and all kinds of plastic bags filled with all kinds of, easy to lose, small items. On these bags you often find guidelines like: ‘plastic bags can be dangerous. To avoid suffocation, keep away from babies and children’ followed by the infamous ‘made in China’.Again, I don’t want to blame just China for the plastic soup, in the size of France on our seas, but we can’t get around the fact that they are one of the most productive countries. Amongst all products they also produce and ship millions of totally unnecessary items to the rest of the world. Big piles of idle plastic objects crossing the world. The real issue here is; they sell, we buy, they sell more and we buy more, and so we end up in an endless 

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Verbal no.21 Hedonism Gevonden letters + op huishoudfolie op houten frame 30x 30cm

Hedonism (verbal no. 21)

Collage: found and cut characters from magazines and newspapers text on (self) reflecting tinfoil on a wooden frame 

Hedonism, a philosophy, (within the school of ethics) it states that the pursuit of pleasure and lust are the primary goals of a human life. Maximize pleasure; maximize happiness, pleasure over pain. Philosopher Nietzsche thought that hedonism reduced moral or ethical behaviour to merely a pleasure experience. 

The 21e century appears to be a hedonistic era, so far.  Where does it lead? And what’s that saying again? “Idle hands are the devil ‘s playgrounds?”

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Verbal no.22/UFO 03 ‘howtousethispump’ Gevonden objecten + op douchegordijn op houten frame 30x 30cm

How to Use This Pump (Verbal no 22)

Collage: identified and unidentified found objects on a used and washed shower curtain on a wooden frame 

A composition of plastic forks (small and big), a (soda) cap, two black rubber unidentified items and finally a white hook of some kind. It  made me think of a toolkit for unknown purposes.

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Verbal no.23/UFO 04 ‘My Future Is So Shady I Have to Wear Brights’ kapotte zonnebrillen onder extra stevige grofhuisvuilzak op houten frame 30x 30cm

My Future Is So Shady, I Have to Wear Bright’s’  (Verbal no 23)

Collage: 3 broken-sunglasses on tinfoil and foam on a wooden frame.

Sunglasses are functional. They are protecting your eyes from the bright sun and hiding your sensitive eyes in case of a sudden attack of coolness. It comes in a variety of colours. The pink sunglasses have a special feature; they glance at the future and make it look optimistic and bright. I don’t want to bring you down but this might come in handy when the sun expires.These specs are worn throughout the years, becoming unusable due to broken support or lost nose aids. They are pinned like rare butterflies

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Verbal no.24 ‘Plastic Money-Me’ Oude bank-bel pasjes op blauwe vuilniszak op houten frame 30x 30cm

Plastic Money- Me (Verbal no 24)

Collage: 15 cash cards on bleu XL garbage bag on a wooden frame.

15 cash cards from the past, my past. I collected them or never got rid of them over maybe 20 years. What do they represent? Is it my alliance with the bank that provides (and takes) me with money on any given moment? My unique Identity captured in numbers. My credibility? My freedom? Our lives are not only flooding with plastic, we are in many ways plastic personas in a digital world.

POP Life (verbal no 25)

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Verbal no.25 ‘POP Life’ gevonden plakletters + blauw elastiek op wit vuilniszakje op houten frame 30x 30cm

Onderdeel van de Remains Of Today serie

“Pop life

Pop life

We all got a space to fill

But life, it ain’t real funky

Unless it’s got that pop

Dig it”

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verbal no. 26 (M) ar (I) t. Acryl (wit) op Marqt tas, op houten frame, 30 x 30 x 2

(M)ar(i)t’ (Verbal no.26)

Collage: transparent white acrylic paint on a brown Marqt- shopper on a wooden frame

In this piece of art I blend in with the name of the company Marqt. With this fusion I like to show how all brands appeal to your personal need of recognition and sense of belonging. ‘Be a success, be sexy, be forever young, be sensible, be wise, be funny, be spontaneous, be what you always wanted to be, make all your dreams come true……….buy our product, become us’!

Even unconsciously we all relate to products and brands. It penetrates deeply into our lives. We are even becoming a brand ourselves, as a personal brand that endorses other brands. Maybe it has all gone too far by now and with this artwork I stretched it just a little further. 

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verbal no.27 Flat Earth – huisgemaakt papieren bootje & plastic letters op plastic tas- 30 X 30 x2

Flat Earth (Verbal 27)

Collage: characters from a plastic bag and tiny homemade paper boat on a plastic bag on a wooden frame.

‘The Earth can be any shape you want it
any shape at all
Dark and cold or bright and warm
Long or thin or small

But it’s home and all I ever had

and maybe why for me the Earth is flat’

These lines come from Thomas Dolby’s Flat Earth song, which is a great song by the way

In the dark ages a sailor could tip over the edge and never return.

Columbus disputed the flat earth theory and that stayed not without consequence. Back then a huge shallow surface suddenly got dept. Some might say it turned flat again.

Who's Afraid - Verbal no. 28/ UFO no. 4 -2019
Who’s Afraid – Verbal no. 28/ UFO no. 4 Red object (tie wrap) on yellow square on semi transparent cotton fabric. 30 x 30 x 2

Who’s Afraid Of…(verbal no.28, UFO no. 04)

Collage: found red tie-wrap like plastic object and yellow textile paint on semi transparent cotton on a wooden frame

A red ribbon placed in the centre of a yellow square – using two of the 3 primary colours, add a little Newman flavour to the title and new artwork is born. Using this title makes me much aware of the original ‘ Who’s afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue. This artwork created a dispute on the issue of what true art supposed to be. Especially when it seemed restored with just a paint roller in primary colours. My interpretation of this situation would be something like this; to use basically just colour and shape without any ‘ dressing up’ is confusing for most people.  As we are all conditioned that everything should have meaning or at least relatable craftsmanship mixed with some traceable blood, sweat and tears. This is not the case with modern abstract art; it’s art for art’s sake.

As for this small artwork, it is what it is. It has no pretences. Frankly, I do not know what the red ribbon is or was. Just found it on the street with no particular purpose to be there. The only thing we know is that the owner got bored of it.

Your No- Thing- Nothing- 2019- verbal no.29
Your No- Thing – Nothing – Verbal no.29. Characters from plastic bag ‘Yourz’ and plastic object on lace curtain- 2019. 30x 30 x 2,5 cm

You’r No Thing, Nothing (verbal no. 29)

Collage: a few plastic characters from a bag called ‘Yourz’ and an unknown plastic object on a see a through lace-curtain on a wooden frame. 

I started playing with the meaning of the word nothing. Maybe the word nothing is even rooted in the concept that we don’t want to be treated as a thing. Apparently, we treat things and objects even worse than each other. In a world of winners and losers, being unheard and unseen thus being nothing is probably the worst that can happen to modern men. But I can imagine it also something close to absolute freedom?

Only Poltical-2019- Verbal no.30/Ufo no. 5
Only Political- Verbal no. 30/ UFO no.5. Plastic carton box seal wraps and hotel toilet seat hygiene information on wooden frame. 30 x 30 x 2,5

Only Political (Verbal no. 30, UFO 05)

Collage: found carton box, seal ribbon and a plastic hotel toilet seat seal on a wooden frame.

The combination of the word ‘disinfected’ and the repeating vertical stripes calls for an association with oppressing politics and a prison bars.

In any system, unwanted thoughts can be disinfected for several reasons. One argument here could be that complex situations require complex measures. And needless to say that it is a complex world…

The Eyes Have It 2019- Verbal no. 31
The Eyes Have It – Verbal no. 31. Plastic bag and newspaper characters on white cotton T-shirt and gesso on wooden frame. 30 x 30 x 2,5

The Eyes Have It  (verbal no. 31

Collage: found characters and images of eyes from newspapers and a plastic bag on a prepped cotton T-shirt on a wooden frame

Earlier in this series I made The Nose have It. If the nose has it, the eyes must have it too. The sentence  ‘ The Nose Have It’ kindof got me by surprise, like a sudden cheerful epiphany. The Eyes Have is more of a logical follow upas it was already in line with the previous. Nevertheless, it is a light and cheerful way of looking at a sad thing, the break up with the UK, the Brexit. 

Arty zone (verbal no. 32)

Arty Zone 2019- verbal no. 32
Arty Zone Verbal no 32- Party Ribbon, yellow paint residu, carton box and ducktape on wood. 30 x 30 x 3

Collage: barrier (party) tape solidified yellow paint and gaffer tape on cardboard on a wooden frame.

The arty zone is an imaginary zone where in or where at art is taken seriously. Wishful thinking? The potential value of an arty zone is in the eye of the beholder. 

Vault 2019- verbal no. 33- UFO no. 6
Vault- Verbal no 33- UFO no. 6. Ruber and plastic objects and acrylic on canvas. 30 x 30 x 3 cm

Vault (verbal no. 33-UFO 06)

Collage: black unidentified found objects and acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame.

Strange worthless black objects used and or attached to something bigger before. Put it in a rigid black square and it suddenly represents the safekeeping of something worthy. 

On Top - Verbal no.34. 2019
On Top – Verbal no. 34. Plastic bag characters blue plastic object and blue seal wrap on blue garbage bag. 30 x 30 x 2

On Top  (Verbal 34)

Collage: found grey plastic object and characters from a plastic bag by Schoenenreus on a blue garbage bag on a wooden frame.

In a prestige society everyone wants to be on top. Even when it means you can only go down from there.

Bigger Fish To Fry-0Verbal no.35/ UFO no.7- 2019
Bigger Fish To Fry/ Verbal no. 35/ UFO no.7- 2019 Unidentified Found Objects & acrylic on canvas.30 x 30 x 2

Bigger Fish To Fry (verbal 35, UFO 7)

Collage: found plastic black and white objects and acrylic paint on canvas and a wooden frame.

A beautiful expression that states you are having other and bigger issues than the one present at the time. It also suggests some determinate solving of that same issue (bigger fish needs frying) or is it just a lack of interest in the smaller fish…

Moon In Scorpio Verbal no. 36/ UFO no. 8- 2019
Moon In Scorpio Verbal no. 36/ UFO no. 8 2019 (Un) identified Found Objects (sokholder) on canvas- 30 x 30 x 3

Moon in Scorpio (verbal 36, UFO 08) 

College: found plastic, black object (ripped sock-holder size 34>46) and white acrylic paint on canvas and a wooden frame.

I stole the title Moon In Scorpio from a song by the band Family Stand. They, before me, took it from the cosmos. The Scorpio constellation, when the moon was in Scorpio. How can something so cosmic become so earthly? We are all stardust; ashes to ashes, dust to dust, what comes up must go down and so on.  When we are long gone my Scorpio will still crawl and lingers around. This piece of plastic trash, becoming art and all, desires to be immortal and will succeed.

Should We Question Mark? Verbal no. 37/UFO no.9-2019
Should We Question Mark? Verbal no. 37/UFO no.9- 2019. Unidentified Found Objects & acrylic on canvas. 30 x 30 x 2

Could Question Mark (verbal no. 37, UFO 9)

Collage: found plastic black question mark shaped object, round metal object and acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame.

In case of sudden oblivion, Question Mark. 

In case of unexpected curiosity, Question Mark.

(Flower)- Powerplant- Verbal n0. 38/ UFO no 10-2019
(Flower)- Powerplant- Verbal n0. 38/ UFO no 10- 2019 Unidentified Found Objects on bubblewrap.

Power plant (verbal no 38, UFO no. 10)

Collage: found part of electric device and plastic flower-like object on wrapping-foil and a wooden frame.

This era will be booked as the era of the energy issues.  We’ve got quite a few. 

Expo-Sure! Verbal no 39-2019
Expo-Sure! Verbal no 39- 2019. Found Plastic bag (expo) on white red site of Dutch vlag.

ExpoSure (verbal no. 39)

Collage: text from found plastic bag on red-white part of the Dutch flag on a wooden frame.

This is the age of exposure, without exposure there’s no presence. Without presence there’s no exposure. What if everything and everyone is already over exposed…

Red White District Verbal no. 40- 2019
Draw The Line- (Verbal no.43). Blackboard paint en letter transfer tekst op transparante vuilnis (puin)zak

Red White District (verbal no.40)

Collage: found barrier line, paint and text on a pillow cover on a wooden frame.

The title sounds like a person with a speech impediment. The red-white barrier line, prolonged by stripes of red paint, separates the reds from the whites. That sounds like segregation of reds and whites. None of the above is at hand here. A coincidental converge of accidental combined materials is leading to the Red White District, where, in contrary of its tone, nothing ever happens.

Draw The Line- (Verbal no.43)
Draw The Line- (Verbal no.43). Blackboard paint en letter transfer tekst op transparante vuilnis (puin)zak

Draw The Line (verbal no. 41)

Collage: blackboard paint, transfer characters & gaffer tape on  a transparent disposal bag on a wooden  frame.

I keep a close watch on this art of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because art’s can be fine, I draw the line

‘Inspired on I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash’. See original lines below:


I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

(Johnny Cash ‘ I Walk The Line’)

Produce Of India (verbal no. 42)

Collage: blue acrylic paint on part of a cardboard box with tape remains on a wooden frame.

Produce of………. These words are commonly found on clothing labels or as print on boxes and cargo vessels traveling the world.  In this material world there are countries that could be labelled the Walhalla of cheap products. It also means more often than once that the lives of the workforce in this cheap production chains are cheap too. So, at a new purchase we can gladly say; “It is a real bargain! ‘Almost a steel’, which it was, really…

Greener Gras
Greener Gras

Greener Grass  (verbal no. 43, UFO no. 11)

Collage: 3 found plastic green tubes (ex ‘grass’- cigarette tubes), whereof one is filled with dirt and a tussock of grass on white acrylic paint and transparent disposal-bag on wooden frame. This is an artwork to water once in a while.

 ‘The grass is always greener on the other side’ is a well-known saying. In this particular case it might be true. Whatever meaning this represents depends on the side that is looked upon.

Let Op, Kabels!- Verbal no. 42-UFO no. 12- 2019
Let Op, Kabels!- (Verbal no.42- UFO no. 12). Afzetlint, touw, ongedefinieerde gevonden voorwerpen en deel van enveloppe op omgekeerd canvas op houten frame.

Let Op Kabels (Mind The Cables) (verbal no. 44. UFO no 12)

Collage: yellow plastic barrier line with ‘Let op Kabels’ written on it, few undefined objects, 2 black shoelaces and part of an yellow envelope on the backside of canvas on a wooden frame.

Mind the cables and the cable guys these days; they connect everything that needs connecting and probably even more. The unseen but most wanted in the age of connection.

Don’t Fence Me In  (verbal no. 45, UFO no. 13)

Don't Fence Me In Verbal 45- 2019
Don’t Fence Me In Verbal 45. Plastic gevonden object op wit doek

Collage: found unidentified white object, blackboard and white acrylic paint on rough unbleached cotton on a wooden frame.

These famous words “Don’t Fence Me In” written by Cole Porter,

“Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in”

It says it all; we do not want to be framed and boxed and we don’t want to be a one trick pony. Yet we frame and fence our selves all the time to others…

Some Character verbal no. 46- 2019
Plastic letters en gevonden objecten, wide en zwarte verf op katoen.

Some Character (verbal no. 46)

Collage: Left over characters from earlier magazine and newspaper cutting and white acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame.

For months I’ve been cutting and saving characters from newspapers, plastic bags, magazine and so on. Finally, a hand full of characters remained with no particular goal. But a character would not be a character if not for a strong will to be seen and noticed. So here they are, naked, not dressed up in a word but casually piled up together because they look nice. It happens all the time.

The Buzz verbal 46- Ufo 14 -2019
The Buzz, metalen deeltjes op acryl op transparante afvalzak op papier en houten constructie

The Buzz (verbal no. 47)

Collage: divers metal and rubber parts, a tie wrap and acrylic paint on a plastic trash-bag on a wooden frame.

A buzz is a gossip or a rumour. The whisper of the many makes a buzzing noise. We love it and we thrive on it. But if anything irritates us, it’s the buzz of a regular and original buzzing creature. A light weighted and fragile, flying creature that has no choice but to buzz. Not seldom buzzing around a picnic crowd means sudden death for the smallest flying trooper.

Kartel (Catrel) Verbal no. 48- 2019
Sovtec groove en tekst tubes op foam en hout

Kartel  (Cartel) (verbal no. 48)

Collage: groove Tubes (vintage Sovtec- electronic tubes) and text on a foam board on a wooden frame

Not sure how I got them. But I like the looks of it. They came in Soviet boxes with Soviet text.  These bulbs come from the Soviet era; they are what you might call vintage. ‘когда Восток был еще.’

Think Coca Cola - Verbal no.49- UFO 15-2019
Think Coca Cola – Verbal no.49- UFO 15- Colablikje, QR code & plastic zak op houten constructie.

Think Coca Cola (verbal no 49, UFO no 15)

Collage: Cola-can, QR code and plastic bag on a wooden frame.

Used Cola-cans do have this dubious habit to turn up in bushes, waterfronts, at roadsides and flattened on the streets. But they are not alone. Many other beer-, soda- and energy drink- cans join them. Not because we are care free or careless, this really reflects a dark and stupid side of mankind. 

Period. Verbal no. 50- 2019
Deel van Martin Scorsese poster- promotie materiaal 

Period (verbal no. 50) 

Collage: part of Martin Scorsese film poster, promotional material from Eye Amsterdam, acrylic paint and bubble wrap on foam on a wooden frame.

This verbal is titled Period. At the time I thought this would end the series at 50. Time taught that this only marked the first half of the 50 others that followed. 

respect- verbal-no-51- 2019-
This verbal is no. 51 of the verbal series. a milestone up to a 100. What you want Baby, I got it What you need Do you know I got it? R. E. S. P. E. C. T.

Respect (verbal is no.51)

Collage: bubble foam and a folded page of a magazine that accidentally reveals the word Respect.

What you want

Baby, I got it

What you need

Do you know I got it?  R. E. S. P. E. C. T.

monkey-town-verbal no.52-2020
Verbal no 52- deel van wielvelg, gele acryl verf en postlabel op canvas en houten frame

Monkey Town (verbal no.52)

Collage: part of found plastic wheel rim, post label Monkey Town and yellow acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame.

The wheel rim is found at the Rieteweg, Zwolle nearby a gas station. It is shattered and looks lost. Maybe it was once used to tune a car. Was the owner ‘in for a penny in the house’ when it comes to the choice for a plastic accessories? When I let my fantasy run wild I see an adolescent male, wearing a cap that casts a shadow on the eyes, driving a Volkswagen Polo with sporty stripes with a hard style sticker on the rear of the car. Sound systems that cover the entire hat shelf that shakes and bounces the vehicle with open windows once the volume is gone through the roof. Like it says “Welcome to F*cking Monkey Town.”

KIP-verbal-no-53-2020
Verbal no. 53. deel van wielvelg, roze acryl verf en KIP kaart (Wakkerdier > AH campagne) op canvas en houten frame)

K.I.P. (verbal no. 53)

Collage: part of found plastic wheel rim, a card from the Wakker dier campaign against the cheap bargain chicken /kip of supermarket AH- and pink acrylic paint on canvas on a wooden frame.

The wheel rim is just like verbal 53- Monkey Town found at the Rieteweg in Zwolle nearby a gas station. This is a composition of two parts that resemble a chicken’s head.  We used to own chickens when I was young. There was a disorderly clan of 3 fat Barnevelders and a few bantam hens. A black bantam rooster named Jacob was the padre des familias. His successor Sammie was not taken seriously at all by his flock. The chickens responded to their names and were playful (honestly) 

Reducing a chicken to a cheap mass product, a nugget, a wing, a Kentucky Fried… Is not agreeable with me. Kip, the word for chicken in Dutch, is the most valued and various pieces of meat but also the most undervalued beast, KIP!

Wort- a minimum of 45% verbal 54
verbal no 45% plastic tas en kleine plastic objecten op houtenframe

Worth (a minimum of 45% waste) (verbal no. 54)

Collage: a found plastic Woolworth bag and small black plastic items on a wooden frame.

Worth, what is worth what? Who claims this value?  This plastic bag is found on the streets of London. On the bag we read this recommendation “ a minimum of 45% waste’. We acknowledge these words while the carrier of the words is a 100% littering the streets. A paradox.

nipple-(gate) and bottleneck- verbal no 55
verbal no 55 rode rest verf uit tube hals, acrylverf op canvas.

Nipple (gate) and Bottleneck (verbal no. 55 UFO 16)

Collage: remains of clotted red paint from the bottleneck of a red acrylic paint tube on canvas on wooden frame. 

This could as well be the most controversial verbal until now. We witness a nice solidified nozzle of red acrylic paint. Is it a fish mouth, a piece of intestines of some kind, something that cries ‘Oh’ or just a duck face, it all flashed before me in the choice of the artwork’s title. The title equals the identity of the artwork. Are you sexist if you’re drawn to his artwork? Can you place it at your office in a garage without getting comments??  

Crossroads- verbal no 56- Remains Of Today- series 2020
Crossroads- verbal no 56- 2020

Crossroads (verbal no. 56, UFO no 17)

Collage: leftover flexible fabric used for a unique- (due to Corona- non published)- swing design called ‘Vluchthaven’ and black shoelace on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

A crossroad is a literal and metaphorical site to make choices. The simplest form is straight ahead, left or right. A choice that’s determined by an earlier made destination. The metaphorical form is a bit more complicated because it involves larger life questions. Will I continue this chosen path or will I take an exit. These choices are often connected to underlying questions such as; is my job or relation still satisfying? Is new adventure luring? But on a Meta level, there’s a more universal question whether our defined path of progression is sustainable and will move us forward? In that case; where is the emergency exit?

Art (verbal no. 57)- remains of today-2020
Art (verbal no. 57) 2020

ART (verbal no. 57)

Collage: remains of foil from an earlier artwork ‘ To Me Or Not To Me’, pink tape and white acrylic paint on a primed canvas on a wooden frame. 

There’s a good reason to put the word Art in the spotlights. Because art is subject to erosion it must be defended against unjust appropriation. It must defend itself for her right to exist and against flattening in a flat world. While the artist, the creator must stand up to anti-art cynicism and the temptation of commerce as remedy to imminent poverty, both physically and mentally. Being an artist in this time is awesome and dreadful at the same time. Day in, day out Images are pouring out in a constant flood to such extent that the subtle voice is easily overseen. Commerce rules and borderlines are getting vague. Dutch artist and poet Lucebert wrote, “ everything of value is defenceless”. I would add “ but worth fighting for;’

Framed (verbal no 58- UFO no. 18)
Framed (verbal no 58- UFO no. 18.2020

Framed (verbal no. 58 UFO no.18)

Collage: plastic object of unknown origin of purpose and pencil on gesso primed canvas on a wooden frame.

Part of The Remains Of Today series.

Framed, as in a framed artwork, framed: as in your caught. Everything seems framing these days, positive or negative framing. I grew up to believe that others mostly determine how you are valued. Making your self a key subject and advertising your personal life is a relative new phenomenon. The creation of a digital alter ego, a perfect version of the imperfect mortal vulnerable one. Every step of the way is self-controlled and moulded for the public eye. One could say that framing is kind of a simple and foremost a flat representation of someone or something. By lack of real interest or in-depth inquiries, a quick draft of someone, and what he or she stands for is quickly made, just like simple judgements. 

Horizon (verbal no 59)- Remains Of Today- 2020
Horizon (verbal no 59) 2020

Horizon (verbal no.59)

Collage: pink tape, black, white, covering-sheet, yellow grinding paper, rope, pink wire and a toilet-clean seat-banner and paint on canvas on a wooden frame. 

Part of the Remains Of Today series

The Horizontal stripe that separates heaven from earth is magical. Future perspective and the word horizon are often verbally used in one breath. In science they refer to new horizons. But the Vikings and Normans believed that the horizon was the proverbial end of the world, you could tip off. It is a proverbial and imaginary line between the underworld and the Walhalla.

Best Bud (verbal no. 60)- Remains Of Today- 2020
Best Bud (verbal no. 60) 2020

Best Bud (verbal no.60)

Collage: underwear bag and remains of flexible fabric with colour test used for another project on a wooden frame. 

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Who’s your best bud? Buddy and buttocks combined makes the word bud. A well-chosen gimmick created by the designer of the underwear bags.  We only have one butt so it’s always the best because it’s our own, one that always stands or hangs behind you. Is a bud really a manly thing? What would it become with ladies underwear versus friendship? Is it bum or booty?  Or does it shift to other curves? In that case the friendship equivalent would probably be; best bosom friend.

Fat Ex- verbal no.61- Remains Of Today 2020
Fat Ex (verbal no 66)2020

Fat Ex  (Verbal no. 61)

Collage: Fed Ex postal wrap and leftover materials from an earlier project placed on a wooden frame. 

Part of the Remains Of Today series

 We know Fed Ex as an, from American origin, delivery service. Globalization is feeding the many industrious hands that are handling the packages. Where there was once just one, there are now many. That’s the power of competitive forces. For the addressee not much has changed. It is not better, nor worse, it is at most, as many things in the 21th century, more complex. What we do know that it’s good for business in a world that is shopping online for 24-7. So Fed Ex developed into a Fat Ex.

The Scheme Of Things (verbal no. 62) 2020
The Scheme Of Things (verbal no. 62) 2020

The Scheme Of Things (verbal no.62)

Collage: white box straps and brown cotton Marqt bag-handles on a wooden frame. 

What is the greater scheme of things? There is the suggestion that there is a greater plan laid out for us. If that’s so we come close to a divine concept. Who else governs a greater plan and with what reason? Plans have goals, what is the goal of a greater scheme and who’s to benefit from it? A glance in our modern world makes you doubt a greater scheme instantly. The word chaos is more appropriate. Chaos would appoint nature to rule and traverse manmade plans constantly, so that we have to collaborate to survive out of necessity. And maybe that’s for the best.

Mini-Me (volution) verbal no.63 2020- Remains Of Today
Mini-Me (volution) verbal no.63 2020

Mini-Me (volution)  (verbal no. 63)

Collage: transparent photo print enclosed in plastic bag and white tape on a wooden frame. 

Part of the Remains Of Today series

 The picture in the plastic bag is once used for the artwork Me-volution (2009), a self-portrait made of ink thumbprints. This sample print ended up in the archives subsequently. Archive, in this case means, a folder with other footage that has been ever used or is about to be used.

Because the entire folder is filed away with loads of other things and images it sunk to the deepest bottom of the source of inspiration. Until I felt the need to tidy up a bit and everything hits the surface again. Now reviewed with other eyes than 10 years ago for I am now engaged in other things. So an image can fit a new usage, like this portrait in the plastic bag.

Stick Together 2020-Onderdeel van de Remains Of Today serie
Stick Together (verbal no 64- 2020

Sticks Together (verbal no. 64) 

Collage: toothpicks, glue and black acrylic paint on terry cloth fitted sheet on a wooden frame. 

Part of the Remains of Today series

Sticks Together- stick together or simplified: together, a word often heard in these days of Corona. More than we might like. The connection that is synonym to the word, as long as sincere, is strong. But in the hands of commerce it transforms rapidly into opportunism. If our Prime Minister callsout for connection in an attemptto prevent a community goingastray, it hasa function. But if a supermarket, drugstore or producer suddenly sendsall kinds of corny messages about their role as connectors it’s slippery. You know capitalism is gone throughthe roof if they use a crisis as an image upgrade Tricky.

Not Yellow (verbal no 65- UFO-20)- Onderdeel van de Remains Of Today serie
Not Yellow (verbal no 65- UFO-20) 2020- 

Not Yellow (verbal no 65)

Collage: part of a promotionalprint of an existing artwork titled ‘Hahahahahahaha’ and solidified and common use, yellow acrylic paint on a wooden frame. 

 Part Of The Remains Of Today series 

Not yellow means in Dutch literally, not yellow > niet geel, meaning nothing else than the actual colour. What in this case is a contradiction in termini, because yellow is obviously present.But the English “not yellow’ means that you are not afraid. In science the practical use of toughness is not proven jet. It often leads to senseless muscle actions. But on the other hand cowardice (being yellow) often does more harm than good but without bloodshed. Then again toughness can accidently lead to courage and cowardice can be life saving. So to conclude, I think that tough (not yellow) does not equals courage parse, as cowardice (yellow) is not the same as pacifism.

Push The Button Verbal no. 66- 2020
Verbal no. 66 (UFO 19)

Push The Button (verbal no. 66 (UFO 19)

Collage: unidentified circle-shaped black plastic objects, water based lacquer-paint ‘snow’ on remains of a cotton table sheet on a wooden frame.

Part of The remains Of Today series

Push the button evokes strong associations with 1- a fantastic track of the Chemical Brothers titled Galvanize and 2- but much more with the cold war. The fear for a potential nuclear war was mostly that it could easily set in motion by a simple push on a red button. One Push and a chain reaction of other button pushing would destroy the world more than once and in a wink of an eye. Nowadays this concept of war seems less urgent. The cold war has ended, or should I say the first cold war has ended. The arms race is coming to an end. Or should I say the first race came to an end. Great world leaders have reconciled and an era of positivism glowed. Or should I say this era is far behind us now.  Much has changed but the current state of global politics is not very reassuring. The world leaders now are more frightening than Brezhnev and Reagan in their days. In the meanwhile, the button still exists. There are a substantial number of totally fickle, unstable and narcissistic political leaders and despots resurrected. They seem capable of anything. But nevertheless, we are still here, still alive and kicking or suffering the last convulsions…. Count your blessings.

Eclipse (Verbal no.67, UFO no. 20)

Eclipse (Verbal no.67, UFO no. 20)

Collage: white unidentified object and acrylic paint on black garbage bag on a wooden frame.

The song ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart ’inadvertently found its way into my head. Not that the song has special meaning to me but the title is very significant. A total eclipse of our heart is maybe the saddest thing that can happen to a sensitive mammal. Being not able to feel is depressing. The capacity to feel makes us beautiful. As owner of feelings we are capable to transcend ourselves and amaze others. It gives us sense of value. Sometimes matters of the heart seem not so relevant in a world where commercial success, physical power and beauty and financial gain rule. But if nature spoils the fun with a bit of disaster, it’s the heart that looks after another’s wellbeing and prevents us from anxiety, decay and chaos.

Zwart Wit -verbal no.68
Zwart Wit (Black White) verbal no 68

Zwart Wit (Black White) (verbal no 68)

Collage: text from newspaper, acrylic and tape on cotton tablecloth on a wooden frame  

 Part of the Remains of Today series.

 If I think about the words black and white, in non-artistic terms, the word polarisation comes to mind. Black and white hypotheses often give false arguments and have a lack of nuance that soften the rough edges. Even though it’s appealing for a large group of people. It pretends to give direction and clarity. But in a complex society with complex questions black and white really does not exist. It only exists in the extremes.  Most things are, as far as they are coloured, grey before anything else. Grey comes in numerous shades and demands a closer look and ear. There are no simple answers to complicated questions; at best there are complicated answers to simple questions

Nature Nurture > future (verbal no.96)
Nurture Nature > Future? (verbal no 69)

Nurture Nature > Future?(verbal no 69)

Collage: 3 pacifiers, black gaff tape, white power tape and painters tape and   black and white acrylic on a cotton tablecloth. 

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

What is nature and what is nurture? A whole science is build around this question. With one purpose; understanding human behaviour. What is DNA wise already in the receipt and what is taught behaviour. Interesting. Phrases like ‘I cannot change me’, ‘I’ve always been this way’ or ‘I do not know any better’ are often heard excuses. I dare to doubt these excuses. I rather believe we can create ourselves till a certain extent. Like one of my favourite sayings of Nietzsche “be your own master and designer” implies that you can create your own personality. Must said, given a basis of fulfilled Maslow needs is provided.  To shape your selves it is necessary to develop your own internal compass. A conscious compass and love goes a long way. Group dynamics often stands perpendicular on this personal compass development. So your probably better off relate to a group as an individual than to extract your identity from it.

Hard To Handle (verbal no. 70)
(Hard to) Handle (Verbal no. 70)

(Hard to) Handle (Verbal no. 70)

Collage: part of felt-wine-bag, painted black, few recycle logos extracted from plastic bags and white acrylic paint on black garbage back on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

The residual shape that emerged when the black item collided with the white painted surface of the black bag has a slight resemblance with some kind of a handle. All objects in my verbal artworks are accidental and random. All stories behind it are as much as found and random as the items itself. Even though, to make it appear intended and to give it some kind of meaning free association is a must. This actually touches on some truth about art itself. Most artworks are created in a flow and are given titles and meaning in hindsight. And that’s totally legit. The other way around would be much more hard to handle.

Present (verbal no. 71)
Present (verbal no 71)

Present (verbal no 71)

Collage: plastic bag and yellow card with the word present on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Present, meaning actual being present as a person but also the present as in now and to present to an audience as well as a gift. Nice, a 3 double meaning of a word. Present of presence, the actual being there, is the most mysterious of all. The word is often used in film titles, and as leading character, an It, in films. The illusive presence of a something is a well-known phenomenon in the Horror, thriller genre. But the simplest to be, to quote Shakespeare, or not to be, is the essence of everything and nothing. The simplicity as pure poetry

The Opposites (verbal no 72/ UFO 21)
The Opposites (verbal no.72-UFO no. 21)

The Opposites (verbal no.72- UFO no. 21)

Collage: undefined Found plastic Object found in Russenweg area, Zwolle, black & white acrylic paint on flag fabric on a wooden frame.

These strange square objects with round bulbs, two characters C and K  (Calvin Klein?) found in the neighbourhood of the truck factory, Scania at the Russenweg, Zwolle. No clue what it might be or for whatever purpose it could be used. Calvin Klein is far to be found at the Russenweg, so it is not likely a fashion statement of a Polish trucker that’s for sure.  The structured balls made me think of a parliament were the members of the house are neatly divided line for line, party with party to ask critical questions at the ruling party. 

Time Is Honey (verbal no. 73)
Time is Honey (verbal 73)

Time is Honey (verbal 73)

Collage: small cardboard card with lines ‘Time is Honey’ on red and yellow acrylic paint and processed solidified yellow acrylic paint on flag fabric on a wooden frame. 

Part Of the Remains Of Today series

Ok, this is a serious matter. The existence of bees and other insects are at stake. We are killing them softly by poisoning their habitat and terminate them on places we find them annoying. Impeccable and clean as mankind think she is. We decide whatever is of value and what is a vermin, what is flora and what is weed. We target animals, insects and flowers as persona non-grata. What a strange world this is.  I am not religious but isn’t every living creator not divine? In our desire to control the unwanted we make everything disappear. If nature was God, I am positive that we would be on top of the list of the unwanted vermin’s. Luckily for us, they say that God is dead, exterminated perhaps?

Spying On Us Too (verbal no.74)
Spying On Us Too (verbal no. 74)

Spying On Us Too  (verbal no. 74)

Collage: found text on black and white acrylic paint on cotton tablecloth on a wooden frame.

Thanks to the digital revolution espionage is common good. Equal spread and wide shared data is not the same as equality. The word common devisor is more appropriate. The World Wide Web of intrigues and suspicion is infinite.  Who is in control, who knows what about who? Knowledge is power. In the Dutch language we use the phrase crying comes from swapping. We already swapped our data for unlimited access and use. Someone out there is currently weeping softly. Maybe it’s me.

New Age (verbal 75)
New Age (verbal no 75)

New Age (verbal no 75)

Collage: paper cut from magazine and synthetic textile print from leftover materials of an earlier project, red shoelace and acrylic paint on old flag on a wooden frame

Everyone is in his own era part of a new age.  The new agers of now are the elderly people of tomorrow. Like any product or fashion trend, what once was happening and groovy, becomes inevitably caught up and passes by a newer age. What’s left behind is yesterday’s news. 

What a great misconception that is. Like sediment is needed for seeds to geminate, history or yesterdays are needed in order for anything to renew. Time is elusive and only really exists for the one living it. The old Romans or even the cavemen were contemporary once. Even though the word, contemporary, was not in style back then. What I really want to say is this; the newest new is often superficial, dogmatic and temporal. Should the principal of any change not be a true improvement instead of being contemporary, parse? Can a contemporary development be criticized in his own time without being labelled old fashion?

New Rituals - verbal 76- Onderdeel van de Remains Of Today serie 2020
New Rituals – verbal 76- 2020

(Eng) New Rituals (verbal 76)

Collage: cart box duo (orange) apple container and characters on remains of tablecloth on a wooden frame 

The 21th century is the age of new rituals. Rituals seem necessary in an individualistic society. Due to disappearing traditions even more necessary than it ever was. To illustrate your membership to a certain group or philosophy we conduct the same rituals. It seems comforting knowing you’re never really alone. Now, with access to the whole world our identities are literary far apart. I think, the more unknown the other really is, the more unattached the rituals become. Take Facebook challenges for instance, there are many that completely surrender themselves to all kind off challenges and then there are others, like me, who think it is total bullocks. It makes me question this; do rituals make sense if the underlying structure is not concrete or lacking real personal connection? Or does the yearning for new rituals have anything to do with a cultural void that is present elsewhere?

The World (Is My Oyster) verbal 77- Remains Of Today- 2020
The World (Is My Oyster) verbal 77

The World (is my Oyster) (Verbal 77)

Collage: part of world map and transparent plastic lid with straw opening found at Rieteweg area and fragile tape on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

The world map was hanging in my bedroom for years. With drawing pins that marked the places I’ve been. Babysitting a friend’s huge tomcat called Streepje (Dashes) made an end to this special wall feature. He had this particular way of telling that he wanted his breakfast. He took the outskirt, the loose end of the wallpaper and tapped it for a while in an annoying rhythm. If that proved to be non sufficient he started ripping it apart, gently, bit-by-bit and piece-by-piece. The awful sound of tearing paper as the cat was convinced that my paper world was his proverbial oyster. After a while I took the corpse of what once was a map of the wall and filed away. Until now and it fits right in to my Remains Of Today project. 

Fuss & Feathers (verbal no78)- Remains Of Today 2020
Fuss & Feathers (verbal no78)- 2020

Feathers and Fuss (verbal no 78)

Collage: 3 feathers and 1 ‘Stop Micro Waste’ label of a laundry bag, and white acrylic paint on residue of laundry bag on wooden frame.  

Feathers and Fuss is an English saying which says so much as you don’t want needles commotion and display. No feathers and Fuss. There are numerous egos, situations, etiquettes and discussions filled with feather and fuss. It is really a smokescreen that clutters our sight on the true situation. On the other side I like a bit of fuss and feathers in the theatre, podium, in music and film. I’d 1000 times rather see a larger than life glamming and glittering rocking guitar wizard than a boy or girl next door holding a mike.  I personally like to be astonished. In the particular case of the ‘Stop micro Waste label, that tries to address to us in alarming words. That could use a bit more feathers and fuss so it draws everyone’s attention.  

Sealed Do Not Remove Front (verbal no 79)-Remains OF Today 2020
Sealed Do Not Remove Front (verbal no 79) 2020

Sealed Do Not Remove Front (verbal no 79)

Collage: red seal strip for unknown purpose, yellow cardboard (inside product wrapping box) and green plastic bag of Fashion brand Only (still using plastic?) on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

I try to ban plastic more and more from my life for good and urgent reasons. It is not a simple task as almost everything is still wrapped and boxed in plastic. My own inevitable plastic remains end up in a plastic hero recycle container. While these plastic heroes are everywhere to be found, our streets and our nature are still flocked with plastic trash. The small particles of micro plastics that float in our seas are slowly poisoning our fish, our sea birds are dying with plastic filled stomachs, and turtles and other sea creatures are suffocating from it. And as head of this food chain, in time it will affect us too. 

No Number (verbal no 80)- Remains Of Today- 2020
No Number (verbal no 80) 2020

No Number (verbal no 80)

Collage: numbers from an old number apparatus owned by the Dutch postal service PTT, characters from magazines and newspapers on paper and plastic support on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series. 

Nobody want to be a number, nevertheless we are all numbers in statistics, in systems, in login codes, in line, at the dentist, hospital, insurance company, doctor, restaurants, hotels, likes, stadiums, protest marches, death rates, birth-rates, population-rates, victim-rates, indexes, interest, market value, rates, researches, data, birthdates, house, phone, passport, member and bank numbers. Still, we don’t like to be treated as one. Well pick a number.

What’s Cookin’ (verbal 81)- Remains Of Today- 2020
What’s Cookin’ (verbal 81)- Onderdeel van de Remains Of Today serie 2020

What’s Cookin’ (verbal 81)

Collage: used and broken wooden, more than 30 years old, cooking spatula from own kitchen, black shoelaces a white acrylic on used and washed shower curtain on a wooden frame.

Part of the remains Of Today series

The English language is rich as it comes to sayings and metaphors. Like this one, what’s cooking (what’s up, what gives, what’s new). Cooking and brewing are proverbial in the same lingual corner as it comes to plotting and creating and debating. As in cooking, there is always the risk of overheating. These metaphorical overheated situations are easily prevented if the steam is let off in time in order to cool down instead of meltdown.

Zin Om Nog Drie Keer Rond De Maan Te Gaan’ (Verbal no 82)- 2020
Zin Om Nog Drie Keer Rond De Maan Te Gaan’ (Verbal no 82)- Onderdeel van de Remains Of Today serie

Zin Om Nog Drie Keer Rond De Maan Te Gaan’  (verbal no 82)

(I grave for 3 more trips around the moon)

Collage: found text/words and a trace of earlier used template on the remains of a used and washed cotton sheet.

The text emerged from a page in HP magazine. By cutting and reordering the words this line occurred. By coincidence a nice fantasy or promise lies before us. The moon is magical and mysterious. It influences a range of earthlyphenomena and is just as easy connected to witchcraft and werewolves as with success and love. Furthermore it is a great inspiration for the arts. Like Frank Sinatra crooned in his song; 

“Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
And let me see what spring is like
On a-Jupiter and Mars

From these lines you can clearly read that the journey to the moon and the stars stands symbol for temptation and seduction. In 2013 I named a painting after this song but my association shifted to escapism and a longing.

So the moon and the starts as in reaching to the better, best or highest achievable targets. And that for 3 times more in this case.

Covid (verbal 83)-emains Of Today -2020
Covid (verbal 83)

Covid (verbal 83)

Collage: blue pedal bin sack (complete) and plastic toilet seal (?!) on wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Covid dominated the headlines of every newspaper for months. Not inspiring but a given fact. It was a compelling situation that made the impossible possible. Co2 emission was reduced to such an extent that the sky above Beijing turned blue again. Did Covid emerge as an angel of vengeance? Is it nature fighting back and showing that, despite our technological advance, she will have the last word?

Vicky Veil (verbal no. 84)-Remains Of Today-2020
Vicky Veil (verbal no. 84)

Vicky Veil (verbal no. 84)

Collage: voile, veil, black acrylic paint and picture from a magazine on wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

This is a cheerful wink to Vicky Vale, the journalist and flirt of Bruce Wayne in Batman. Introduced in 1948 for the first time. There she was, a journalist, a working woman, not a common phenomenon in the forties. Anyway, her appearance was more or less pleaded for by her function but in reality it had more to do with her looks, what was quite normal than. Throughout the time she evolved more and more into an independent, self-conscious woman that admittedly stood beside Bruce Wayne but stood her own ground too. Being a woman, (as I speak form myself) is a complex occupation. There are so many aspects of your being that can be displayed. 

Faux pas (verbal no. 85) (UFO 22)-Remains Of Today
Faux pas (verbal no. 85) (UFO 22)

Faux Pas (verbal 85)

Collage: plastic bag of fashion brand, stains of paint and found unidentified label-like objects on wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

Faux pas is French for an aberration. It clings to our vocabulary like many other words like vocabulary. You can say a lot about Napoleon but he really gave our languages a bit of je ne sais quoi. A faux pas is used frequently in the fashion-world to describe a person who’s on a slippery road when it comes to style. When I think of a faux pas, my memory brings me back to the eighties Jesus sandals of my father.  In summertime those sandals were preferably combined with way to high hippie socks. As kids we thought of it as funny but of all things definitely not stylish. A few years ago suddenly the Adilette slipper with high up white tennis-socks came in fashion. Ugly as hell, but totally in vogue with young hip hop loving males. It somehow proves that in fashion is definitely not the same as stylish.

Ok (verbal no 86- UFO 23)-Remains Of Today -2020
Ok (verbal no 86- UFO 23)

OK (verbal no. 86)

Collage: towelling fitted sheet on a wooden frame.

Ok, two characters that indicate in what state you’re in. I did a little etymological research at the widespread little word with his extensive meaning. In contrast to what I always thought, the word, or must I say abbreviation, has many fathers and mothers. According to Wikipedia only there are 8 possible sources. In fast motion I take you through the 8 sources; All Correct (1839 Boston Morning Post), Old Kinderhook (1840- birthplace Martin van Buren –president V.S used in re-election), Ola Kala, Greek for All Right. Au Quai (On Quai- Used in New Orleans), Wa Kee, introduced in North America by African Slaves, Oskar Karlson, 1910 given by his initials approval to the new T Ford. and finally OK , a war term where the O has to be read as 0- and the K for killings – zero killings- So, Ok summarizes a large part of our history, I think that’s quiet Ok, Oké, Okay, Hunky Dory, eh…….

Tensed & Stretched (verbal no. 87)-Remains Of Today-2020
Tensed & Stretched (verbal no. 87)

Tensed & Stretched

Collage: elastic band strapped on wooden frame.  


Part of the Remains Of Today series.

Be aware; this artwork might shift in appearance.

The human mind is like an elastic band. It is flexible and can be stretched to a certain extent. My artwork here is made of many elastic bands in various sizes. They are made to be tensile but once they are stretched to the max for a longer period of time they will not hold and just like the human mind, snap! My message for the potential buyer of this artwork is as follows; dear-future owner; this square illusion of the extensible mind needs some maintenance. This is why this artwork comes with an extra bag of back-up elastic bands in various sizes. Take good care, if it snaps, fix it.

Medicine 4 All (verbal no. 88)-Remains Of Today-2020
Medicine 4 All (verbal no. 88)

Medicine For All (verbal no.88)

Collage: oral medicine, eyedroppers and paper cut text on former- semi-transparent washing bag on a wooden frame. 


Part of the Remains Of Today series.

Public health care is a great future challenge. Population and welfare is increasing and brings alongside it’s own welfare diseases. Having these physical endeavours and still growing old makes healthcare in the western world almost impossible to keep public accessible for everyone and free of cost. Under while our insurance bills gets higher, and pharmacists are growing into the new ruthless gold diggers. The grand prize here for is paid by those who really lack any welfare in this globalising world. They often will not even have access to good healthcare. There seems no cure for social imbalance.

Some Character verbal no. 46- 2019
Plastic letters en gevonden objecten, wide en zwarte verf op katoen.

Some Character (verbal no.88)

Collage: used character template on black garbage bag on a wooden frame.

Part of The Remains Of Today series.

We have characters and we express ourselves with characters. The one on display here is called the Roman or Latin script. This script came in fashion widespread thanks to the Roman Empire. In one of my other lives I designed some characters/fonts professionally. A larger font publisher in Hamburg publishes them for me. For inspiration I glanced at other scripts than the Roman and I created some crossover typefaces. One of them is Beyond Babylon, a perfect mix between Latin and Arabic scripts. Still according to our alphabet but with special Arabic shapes and features. Representing my vision of a future society. A community that is mixing and matching cultures and habits that is getting the best of all worlds and is moving slowly towards world peace if possible at all.  

Ze Is Gebruikt (verbal no 90.)-Remains Of Today-2020
Ze Is Gebruikt (verbal no 90.)

Ze Is Gebruikt (verbal no 90.)

Collage: part of world map, a plastic bag and white acrylic paint on wooden frame.

Earlier I used another part of the same world map in verbal 77, titled ‘The World’. The words supporting this artwork mostly described a tomcat that ripped the map to pieces, bit by bit. Based on a true story. This verbal is more poetic and sad at the same time. Also based on a true story. This is a story about beautiful blue planet. A planet that homes many living creatures that have no other planet to go. This planet is facing, lets call it, serious challenges. Nevertheless, she keeps on glowing and gives us her best. But her heavenly body is cracking and her skin is bursting. She is used and is in need of good care.

Venus Meets Mars (verbal no. 91- UFO 23) 2020- Remainsoftoday2020
Venus Meets Mars (verbal 91 – UFO 23)

Venus Meets Mars (verbal no. 91, UFO 23)

Collage: found unidentified small black plastic objects and white acrylic paint on remains of commercial flag-fabric.


Man comes from Mars and woman comes from Venus. This is an old saying that attempts to give a reasonable explanation for the differences between the sexes. I consider myself a modern woman. I do like, proverbial, to play chess on the manly chessboard. It’s not that like to pretend I’m King but the role of libero Queen suits me just fine. Even when a young girl I hated the idea that certain determined roles were laid out for me. Not that my parents pushed me in that direction, but society as a whole is very role enforcing. I became an artist and that problem seemed solved. Almost… A feminine art collective called Gorilla Girls are addressing feminine issues in the world of art. They make ironic and humorous comments and print statements like: “The Advantages Of Being a Woman Artist”- and then list all non- benefits of being one. This statement is hanging on my atelier wall. To inspire!

Stroke (verbal 92)- Remains Of Today 2020
Stroke (verbal 92) 2020

Stroke (verbal 92)Collage: used brush and black gaffer tape on remains of cotton cheesecloth on wooden frame.

This specific brush is used many years until one day I accidently left it drenched with black paint to dry. The rigid brush, I found the next day, became useless for it’s purpose. Now, unable to create, it evolved to an artwork itself. It draws a black line, made of gaffer tape, posing as a brush stroke and lives on in the second term of his existence  

Peace Loving Animal (verbal no. 93)-Remains Of Today
Peace Loving Animal (verbal no. 93)

Peace Loving Animal (verbal no. 93)

Collage: part of a found wheel rim, found metal keychain in lizard or gecko shape and acrylic paint on worn out male pyjama slacks with green army print on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

I was born in the seventies, 1970, to be exact. Totally not aware that I was born in the coolest decennia and I was definitely too small and insignificant to fully appreciate it. But nevertheless, I always sense this inexhaustible, somewhat naïve hippie girl inside. She is tenacious holding on to the concept of a better world in the making. When proven jet again that this, ‘ you may say that I am a dreamer’, idea seems out-dated or maybe never existed at all, unbelief and little despair follows. Still, Can’t help but hope rather than believing in this better world. So, You may say I am a dreamer but I am almost sure that I am not the only one

Like Nina Said (verbal no. 94)-Remains Of Today
Like Nina Said (verbal no. 94)- 2020

Like Nina Said (verbal no. 94)

Collage: found characters from magazine and newspaper and acrylic on cotton curtain on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series

These lines: ‘ How can you be an artist and not reflect time’ are original from Jazz singer and phenomenon, Nina Simone. She spoke these words to explain why her songs were so ethically engaged. She defined herself as an activist singer or a singer who happens to be an activist. Her personality and stage personality or profession were intertwined. I dig this completely for I am an artist, a visual artist that cannot prevent any current worldly affairs ending up in her artworks. Not because I choose too but because I am what I create and what I create exhales the world I live in.  

Shooting Fish (verbal no. 95)-Remains Of Today -2020
Shooting Fish (verbal no. 95)-2020

Shooting Fish (verbal no. 95, UFO 23)

Collage: parts of found unidentified black plastic objects, combined, a plastic fish shaped soy sauce container and white and black acrylic paint on remains of cotton tablecloth on a wooden frame.

Part Of The remains Of Today series

Shooting fish in a barrel is an English expression. It is often used as a cheerful remark to specify that the task ahead is a real easy one. It really has nothing to do with aggression. The visualised gun with found plastic parts looks more aggressive. I was kind of shocked by the superficial resemblance with a real gun. What does the image of a gun actually represent? Rest assure I am not a lone wolf of any kind…. The shape was pure coincidence and I just could not resist. The title is meant to soften the blow a bit and gives it a different perspective than the one you probably initially had. And besides sex and violence sells, right?  

Het Offer (The Sacrifice) (verbal no. 96)-Remains Of Today
Het Offer (The Sacrifice) (verbal no. 96)

Het Offer  (verbal no. 96)

Collage: seal tape and part of film poster by Andrey Tarkovsky on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

The sacrifice is tightly interwoven with religious rituals. The Incas and Mayans were cruel masters when it comes to ritual sacrifices. But modern religions still hold the sacrifice as an important gift to God or Allah. The Inca rituals were extremely cruel and the sacrificed ones extremely powerless. The performing priests were always saved from harm for they hold the power. As much as I believe that religious institutes, both modern and ancient, use this tool to manage and operate their disciples, a small part of me also believes that little sacrifice give some kind of value. I underline little sacrifice!  

Bravo Charley! (verbal 97) 2020
Bravo Charley! (verbal 97) 2020

Bravo Charley! (verbal no. 97)

Collage: found characters from newspapers and magazines, a laughing gas shell and white and black paint on an old used army bag on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

I don’t know much about military operations. But as a novice on the subject I witnessed many operations, interventions and invasions on TV. Also as me being a film enthusiast more than one war film passed by, Apocalypse Now for example. I am almost convinced that I am a pacifist. But still I get the jitters from the word revolution or an image of Che Guevara. War obviously fascinates. The battle of life and death, good and evil, defeat, victory and heroism appeals most likely to some kind of essence of life. Terms like Victor, Charley (or is it Charlie?) and Foxtrot is war rhetoric. If you did not knew any better it sounds kind of cheerful and festive. An old Dutch army bag which I used for a long time and a bomb like laughing gas shell that I found on the streets of Zwolle were the triggers for this war themed artwork. And I did not even mention the War on Drugs.  

Specimen (verbal 98)-Remains Of Today
Specimen (verbal 98) 2020

Specimen X (Verbal no. 98)

Collage: rabbit bones, light blue plastic label from transport industries, transfer characters and red and white acrylic paint on brown wrapping paper and transparent plastic on a wooden frame

Part of the Remains Of Today series

The rabbit bones came from my material archives. The rabbit as a whole is once found at a cemetery. This was no coincidence. I was then working on a series of tribal (ancestral) masks and the rabbit parts were a necessity. Specimen or specimen X (as the bones spell) is referring to the drive of men to collect. We have museums and collections piled up with stones, fossils and bones. After collecting comes determining, implying and establishing of what it was or where it comes from. It becomes really exciting if the found remains cannot be classified…  

M (verbal 99)-Remains Of Today serie 2020
M (verbal 99)

M. (verbal no. 99)

Collage: found text from magazines and newspapers, a bamboo toothpaste spatula and acrylic paint on a part of a cotton tablecloth on a wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series

A critical piece of text from HP de Tijd magazine, an exhibition announcement from Metropolis M and a line from a text that I once wrote are the basis of this art piece. The self-made text, to place it in context, formed the principal of two text-based portraits that were titled Sign Of The Times. The text as a whole does not exist anymore so it gives a fragmented glance on how I reviewed the world back then (2011). M stands for me, Marit. I am an artist that converges with my personality as such. As I see it, that seems not a matter of choice but a defined outcome of many years of experience of being me.

Pointer (verbal 100- UFO 24)- Remains Of Today serie
Pointer (verbal 100- UFO 24) 2020

Pointer (verbal no.100, UFO 24)

Collage: found undefined plastic objects and white acrylic paint on wrapping foam on a wooden frame.

The first 50 verbal’s were concluded with a big red dot, a period! The choice for the dot was to finalize a series that, so I thought, was somewhat finished. The proverbial period was a nice closure. But it was not even close to reality because I kept on finding strange plastic objects in the streets and it proved to be quite an inspiring activity. I can hardly distance from this activity. Now that I reached 100, I know that a few new ideas are already waiting to be made. But this milestone is to mark the imaginary second finish line of Remains Of today but, as you know now, the arrow already implies something else… meaning more to come…

Unbehagen- gevonden Letters en acryl op canvas

Unbehagen- gevonden Letters en acryl op canvas

Unbehagen (verbal no. 101)

Found and cut text, gesso and white acrylic paint on a molton fitted sheet. On a wooden frame

For me, the word Unbehagen is primarily linked to singer Nina Hagen. This was the title of her second album released in 1980. I was only 10 years old and freshly encountered Grease, which was in itself exciting enough at the time. But my 3 years older brother was or became a punk. He owned the first album called Nina Hagen Band (1979) and spinned it often and loud. Funny enough Nina frequently switched turns with Johnny Cash.  She was a phenomenon in that time, raw and unadapted under while being classically schooled. The word unbehagen- discomfort- was in this context a pun with her name in combination with the zeitgeist of the early 80ties. But it’s actually one of all ages, ages that were and are interchanged with periods of comfort. Unbehagen fits this current moment in time perfectly. We are far beyond comfort by now.

The System (verbal no. 102).Onderdeel van de remains Of Today serie
The System- kweekbak en transfer letters op gordijnstof op houten frame.

The system (verbal no 02)

Plastic propagator and transfer characters, gesso and black board paint on lace-curtain and wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

The backside of the propagator reveals a great pattern. We see circle shapes connected as if it were atoms, molecules or something else scientifically that is connected. Perspective and imagination are everything. If we consider life holistic, everything is connected and is everything oxygen, carbon and water in shifting shape and composition. Stardust!. Where substance disappears substance rises somewhere else. It is an incomprehensible, all embracing, divine system. On top of that we laid our own system. This system modelled to our needs and demands. Where our matter appears, life vanishes elsewhere.  

Langoustine A la Mode verbal no. 103.Onderdeel van de Remains Of Today serie.
Langoustine A la Mode verbal no. 103. Plastic kreeft op plastic tas op houten frame

Langoustine a la Mode (verbal no.103)

Found plastic lobster or plastic crayfish on a found plastic bag by Vero Moda on a wooden frame.

Lobster, hard on the outside and soft on the inside, they are boiled alive, cracked as a walnut and then fiddled empty. Most live ones are grey or black not orange. Once I encountered while snorkelling a great Spiny Lobster. This is a giant lobster with feelers of a meter long. A magical experience, meeting a sea creature like this.  In the past I used to be a little afraid of lobsters, crabs and other crawlers but now I believe that every creature under the water surface is fascinating. You only need to get to know them. Lobster a la Mode is definitely not my cup of tea or it has to be made of plastic.  Oh no, not even then.

Chez M(oi) verbal no.103.Onderdeel van de Remains Of Today serie
Chez M(oi) verbal no.103- oud t-shirt (eigen ontwerp) en barcode op houten frame

Chez M(oi) (verbal no.104)

Freedom comes with a price but heroism seems for sale.

Barcode on worn T-shirt designed and used in art project ‘Mind Your Steps’ (2009) on wooden frame.

Here we see a portrait of Che Guevara only with my face in it. This print was part of an art/awareness project Mind Your Steps, 2009. This project was a large, engaged, multidisciplinary and interactive project in assignment ofBFO(Festival of Liberation Overijssel) 2009.

The purpose of the art project was to engage and embed the public in our installation and our sense of the freedom of mind. Thereby confront them with the question ‘ what does freedom mean to you, and which responsibilities does it demand, in a playful fashion. Curious about this project: Check this link: https://www.maritotto.nl/2009-mind-your-steps/.  As a logo for the project we created alter egos with our faces morphed into the faces of the freethinkers Che Guevara, (me alias Chez Moi), Karl Marx (Niek alias Niex) and Asterix (Mark alias Markelix). Our slogan was, in everyone homes a freethinker or a hero. That, that isn’t true in real-life , is proved by many docile followers, cowards and anti heroes. So this artwork is old wine in a new bag. But that is totally legit in this particular case. Re-using is the cornerstone of Remains Of Today.  My Chez M(oi) also featured as an artwearness T-shirt, but then presented with an empty face. Now Chez is shown with a barcode on top…… freedom comes with a price but heroism seems for sale nowadays

Give ‘Em Enough Rope and they ‘ll Hang Themselves (verbal no.105- UFO 26)
Give ‘Em Enough Rope and they ‘ll Hang Themselves (verbal no.105- UFO 26) Onderdeel van de Remians Of Today serie. 

Give ‘Em Enough Rope and they ‘ll Hang Themselves  (verbal no.105- UFO  26)

Flexible rubber part of a thing and yellow paint on a plastic bag placed on a wooden frame.

The British writer Charlotte Brontëinvented this saying. What it means according to her is maybe less interesting than how it can be interpreted. They’re a many interpretations to be found in several fields of interest. I do not define my association to you but that it is an intriguing one may be clear! 

Losing My Religion Verbal no.06 UFO 27

Losing My Religion Verbal no.106 UFO 27.Onderdeel van de The Remains Of Today serie.
Losing My Religion Verbal no.106 UFO 27.Onderdeel van de The Remains Of Today serie.

Wrapping paper, keychain label, an unidentified plastic object and transferable characters spelling G.O.D.

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

A few things are overlapping spontaneously in this piece of work.  The title came in last but sums up the combination of objects and word wonder well. I did borough the title from the band R.E.M. with the eponymous title of their hit song. Personally, I did never have a religion to lose in the first place. In my case religion can be read as faith. The key label in this artwork is addressed to GOD. Is GOD the owner or is it the key that gives access or is it the key itself? Where and on what moment in time did we lose the key? And what alternative doors did we open? The answer my friend… Is blowing in the wind

Time Itself Is a Circle (verbal no. 107).Onderdeel van de The Remains Of Today serie.
Time Itself Is a Circle (verbal no. 107).Onderdeel van de The Remains Of Today serie.

Time Itself Is a Circle (verbal no. 107)

3 plastic clean tissue cups, used on diner tables at ‘ De Beren’ restaurant chain, on a plastic wrapping foil on a wooden frame.

This title finds its roots in a Nietzsche quote, “ All Truth Is Crooked, Time Itself Is a Circle”.  It is pure poetry and it has a real contemporary flair to it. It proves that time itself is not only a circle. But apart from it’s superficial appearances, fashions, habits and customs, it never ever really changes on a meta level. Civilized as we may look, underneath the shiny surface the caveman still lurks. And what concerns “all truth is crooked”, that was in fact an early notion of the alternative facts we know so well these days.  (:

In addition to my words I found these following interpretations on this saying s on the Internet to explain the meaning of this saying,

1- He was pointing out that everything is subjective. Truth exists but it can be bent, or made crooked, by increasing focus or decreasing it. 

2- that you know the truth but you go in a circle figuring it out trying to find the meaning or the truth

3- He was sharing his ignorance of the nature of ‘Truth’ and ‘time’ by hypothesizing in a metaphoric manner open to many interpretations.

He knows neither ‘Truth’ nor what ‘time’ is.

Paradiso verbal no 108- onderdeel van de Remians Of Today serie 2020
Paradiso verbal no 108- onderdeel van de Remians Of Today serie 2020

 Paradiso (verbal no. 108)

A few pieces of undefined plastic objects on part of a ragged museum flag found in bushes after stormy weather approx. 10 years ago- flag out-dated- so finally – turned up in one of my artworks. 

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

The black pieces of plastic are both a bit boomerang shaped. Combined and placed in composition it has the resemblance of a snake rising up. A swift association brought me the Garden of Eden. Here is paradise with the snake as a Jungle book seducer in the lead. If not for him, everything would just be perfect. Boring but perfect. Eden, like any other imaginative paradises, feeds an infinite desire. This desire lives amongst believers as amongst non-believers. The harsh reality of real life is far from it. But for some privileged, which may or may not see, paradise is close but not always appreciated.

Smart verbal 10- onderdeel van de Remians Of Today serie 2020
Smart verbal 10- onderdeel van de Remians Of Today serie 2020

SMART(verbal no. 109)

Characters S M A R T cut from a ripped Guppy friend no-waste washing bag (which holds micro plastics, everyone should have one) on transparent plastic on wooden frame.

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

The word smart really came in fashion by the arrival of smart phones; it stayed in fashion by the arrival of all kinds of other smart apparatuses that everybody wants. Everything around us is getting smarter while we are actually absorbing less useful data in our brains. That worries me; our heads are cluttered with all kinds of useless data and our memory and storage capacity is limited, cause we are still human. The infinite access to wisdom is wired these days, and often not even wired. The speed of our knowledge is depending on networks and cables, up to 5 G. With the rise of new conspiracy theories that have the credibility of a bad written fairy tail, I seriously doubt weather mankind as a whole is gaining intellect. Or is it really declining and are our phones and other smart-stuff outsmarting us in the future?

Aged Young People 110- Remians Of Today 2020
Aged Young People 110- Remians Of Today 2020

110 Aged Young People

A stroke of dried gesso from the top of the gesso bucket, acrylic paint and cut characters on black garbage bag on a wooden frame.

Age is just a number. I turned 50 this year (2020) and I am still here and here to stay for a while. Not feeling really different.  I like to be judged for my ideas and deeds not on my age or sex.  As being young means a promise, a clean canvas and a sea of time ahead, being more mature can imply increasing of in depth thoughts, freedom, independence and more power to enforce actions the way you want it. 

Conservative thinking and living is found in all ages. That goes for presumptions and rusty ideas as well. 

It’s really no achievement to be young or to be old, it just is. Getting older is the destiny of (most) young people with an uneasy outlook on inevitable death at the end of the road. That’s life in a nutshell.

Leeg /Empty (verbal 111)- Remains Of Today 2020
Leeg /Empty (verbal 111)- Remains Of Today 2020

111 Leeg (Empty)

Yellow card found on the roadside in Grote Voort- an industrial area in Zwolle, blackboard paint and plextol finish on a transparent plastic bag on a wooden frame.

Leeg is Dutch for empty. It is a mysterious little label I found. The word almost reads as a statement: Hey Ik ben helemaal LEEG!, Hey I am totally EMPTY. I am so empty that there is no (for) filling me. One almost forgets that this yellow card is probably used for transport of cargo or something refillable that needs a refill. But feel free to associate.

The-I Of-The-Beholder (verbal 112_ Remains Of Today 2020
The-I Of-The-Beholder (verbal 112_ Remains Of Today 2020

112 The I of the Beholder

Text from newspapers or /and magazines and white acrylic paint on a used shower curtain with black and white strokes (still minimally visible) on a wooden frame.

‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ is a lovely saying that states that real beauty is the energy that one radiates to others, the beholders. The beholders then will review a beautiful energy as a whole and complete person, including imperfections, without judging on superficial features. With the arrival of social platforms self-branding became popular and the beholders became one of a crowd that is there to ratify the special ME. Or put in words of the hip-hop formation De La Soul, ‘Me, Myself and I’.  So, my statement here on this canvas; ‘Where have I been all your life’, is completely in line with this happening mind state.  I am not convinced of any social benefits it brings.

Under What Powers (verbal 113) -Remains Of Today 2020
Under What Powers (verbal 113) -Remains Of Today 2020

Under What Power (verbal 113, UFO 28)

Text from a legal guide from the activist group Extinction Rebellion, two handles of a canvas shopper bag and a found, black plastic object on part of a plastic bag on a wooden frame.

In Fall 2019 my lover and I visited London. We bore in mind that this was maybe one of the last uncomplicated visits to the UK before Brexiting.  We enjoyed it to the max; cause London is a great and friendly metropole. One of the unexpected highlights was an Extinction Rebellion manifestation on Trafalgar Square where we accidentally stumbled across. It was a most joyful experience with lots of colourful people gathering and dancing. Another remarkable detail that caught our attention was how well and tidily organized they were. They were spreading handout’s titled XR LEGAL INFO to their fellow activists. One of the tips what to do when a policeman that takes hold of you is to question him ‘Under what power’ he is handling and if his action is justified. 

Under What Power’ became the title of this work as we are all wondering under what philosophical or actual powers we handle anyway!

All Truth Is Crooked (verbal 114)- Remains Of Today 2020
All Truth Is Crooked (verbal 114)- Remains Of Today 2020

 All Truth Is Crooked (verbal no. 114, UFO 29)

Various found black circle and ring shaped pieces of plastic of unidentified origin and an industrial label on plaster on a wooden frame. 

Part of the Remains Of Today series.

The title finds its roots in a Nietzsche quote, “ All Truth Is Crooked, Time Itself Is a Circle”. This is the second draft of this saying as Time Itself was already used in verbal 107. This time I connect it to the philosophical concept of the ‘Eternal return’ also known as the ‘Eternal recurrence’. Eternal return is a concept of the universe and states that anything in it reoccurs in the same shape in infinite numbers through time and space. This concept is found for the first time in Indian philosophy and in the 19th century Nietzsche connected it to some of his own concepts like the predestination of men that will repeat itself in the same events over and over again.  .  

All truth Is Crooked, according to Nietzsche everything is subjective and although there is a truth it can be bent and even becomes fraudulent.

This is a saying that proves to be very contemporary as we are living in an age of alternative facts and facts that are treated as opinions.

Origine Du Monde (verbal 115)- Remains Of Today 2020
Origine Du Monde (verbal 115)- Remains Of Today 2020

L’ Origine du Monde 115

Small Lego cubes; part of a promotional gift and white acrylic paint on towelling fitted sheet on a wooden frame.

I borrowed the title L’ Origine du Monde from THEl’ Origine du Monde by Gustav Courbet- 1866. In Courbet’s painting the focus is immediately drawn to a woman’s crotch. An image that is quit straightforward and explicit. The origin of the world captured very clear in a special way. Everything starts with birth. Stars are born and die in the universe. Everything is stardust. While Courbet got life started as fruit from the   loins, I choose to unfold it along the lines of elemental particles. Al depending of how micro your scope is.

Unfluencer (verbal 116)- Remains Of Today 2020
Unfluencer (verbal 116)- Remains Of Today 2020

Unfluencer 116

Yellow bag, black plastic object and cut characters from magazines on wooden frame

If anyone should ask my advice about contemporary influencing or influencers, I would say get unfluenced A.S.A.P. Be your own guide and master your own thoughts and acts. We are all under influence to a certain extent. But you have to draw the line somewhere so your critical ability stays awake. #Doyoufollowme? 

heap But Costly(verbal 117)- Remains Of Today 2020
Cheap But Costly(verbal 117)- Remains Of Today 2020

Cheap But Costly (117

€3-Pricetag of a special offer (found on t-shirt bought in second-hand shop, with label still attached) on wrapping foil with warning signs on a wooden frame.

I am a second-hand/vintage shopping enthusiast. Since my awareness of modern slavery in the fashion I try to cut down on shopping for new cloth. There is so much stuff circulating in the world that it would be a waste not using it twice. As for the €3, – price tag, I think it’s an insult to the hands who made it as it is an assault to the environment. I wonder if this commercial chain of cheap but costly products can ever be curved into something a more dignified and sustainable 

AVE (verbal 118)- Remains Of Today 2020

AVE (118)

Characters of Vero Moda shopping bag that was found on the streets of Zwolle, blackboard paint and gesso on shower curtain on a wooden frame.

3 characters that are inseparable from the Latin greet AVE. This was introduced to me as a non Catholic, for the first by the Underzo comic book series, Asterix when I was a child. In these brilliant Asterix stories, based on the era of Caesar and the Roman Empire, it was the Roman soldiers-greet with one hand up high. Strangely enough this arm salute re-enters in the twenties century under the Nazi empire accommodated with the words Heil> witch also found it’s origin in the Roman culture; like Hail Cesar! This is why classism and fascism are often brought in relation to each other. Nowadays, we see this phenomenon ‘ultra right’ flirting with classism’, firmly back in the saddle. As long as they are not openly flirting with fascism it seems socially accepted in large groups of society. But we have every reason to stay alarmed and awake when classism is brought to the limelight as ideal society. There is another softer root to AVE and that is AVE Maria. There is no harm in that. I write this in the year 2020, it is almost Xmas, so I greet you. AVE.

Quarantaine-verbal 119. Remains Of Today 2020
verbal 119. Remains Of Today 2020

Quarantaine is verbal no. 119Red plastic cover of salad or spread container, characters from newspaper and ‘dispolab’ bags, acrylic paint on ‘essential’ canvas shopping bag on a wooden frame.

Quarantaine is a word that exhales the vibe of 2020. Just when the world turned in full speed 24/7, a pandemic disease turned up out of nowhere. (?!) Putting us in place and letting us know, we are still not God, nor is it our place to dictate nature. Nature still dictates us. Somehow that is comforting as I started to believe nature lost it already. It is a deeply sad occasion when we realize that the weakest among us are picking up the Covid bill. But unfortunately as it is, that seems the way of the world. It is more and painfully visible now. It’s closer to home. At best we discover our true solidarity and do we seize the moment to learn from it. Not only for our own human benefits but also for the benefits of the equilibrium on this vulnerable organism we call earth. Hello 2021

OVER-Verbal 120. Remains Of Today 2020
Verbal 120. Remains Of Today 2020,

OVER 120

Trump picture from newspaper, characters from a Vero Moda plastic bag on a canvas bag by de ‘Nederlandse Architecten Nu’ on a wooden frame.

‘It ain’t over until the fat lady sings the blues’. That is probably what Donald Trump thought when Biden was declared winner of the 2020 presidential election. What happens when a lie grows so big there is obviously no return to the truth? I almost pity this egomaniac man, hated and adored by many. Decorum is a thin line between acting civilized and acting ruthless and rude. In Donald’s case a sense of decorum was never really there in the first place. For his constituency his political incorrectness would be the proof of his ability. But once the curtain dropped there seemed only one way out, with a relentless and big bang. So his electorate knows, he did not approve and in the words of the Terminator, ‘He will be back’. I sure hope it is truly over and out.

Heterocera-verbal no.121. Remains Of Today 2020.
verbal no.121. Remains Of Today 2020.

Heterocera (moth) verbal no 121

Carton cylinders of used tape, black and white acrylic paint on used and washed flannel bed cover on a wooden frame.

The composition of the carton cylinders made me think of the wing print of a nocturnal butterfly a.k.a. Heterocera alias moth. As the moth wears it on her open wings these circle shapes pretend to be eyes wide open. Staring back at any potential enemy. Mimicry is one of nature’s finest inventions. In comparison to us, we also communicate with our appearance, without words. We use shoulder padding to look broader, high heels make legs look longer, hoodies to look more dangerous/cool. Human mimicry is one that depends on season, fashion, moods, occasions and sales.

Stay Safe verbal no 122

Two HEMA facemasks and a conversed Spinach product indication from a plastic wrapping on a wooden frame

Who would have guessed a year ago that we voluntarily would hide our faces behind a small piece of fabric in public spaces? Facial concealment is a controversial political item concerning Islamic face covering, the burka. It is remarkable how quickly we adjust ourselves to this new state of being. The bigger underlying question is; does it keep us safe? Especially in the Netherlands, this question caused a lot of rumour. As for us (Dutch) not being the most obedient or docile of all people, it even caused a lot of dispute and discussion. As for reality, the facemask might be symbolic and not effective but the symbolic signal it gives keeps people aware of the situation. As far as I am concerned, I think in situations like this all the best sailors are always standing on shore. So, me not knowing much about viruses and all, like to believe in all experts and take my part and my responsibility for as long as needed. What’s best? Nobody really knows. That is a fact. Stay safe and eat spinach like Popeye ( : never hurts.