My work entails objects that might look like things that once were perfect (or nearly perfect), but have now entered a decrepit state. And that's exactly what I aim for. I see the strenght of color, or the lack of it, the worn surfaces, rough edges, oxidized details & fading texts or images, and from it I read the underlying story.
To say that my work samples the art of imperfection, would therefore be doing it injustice. It's never solely about the objects, always also about the stories.

My ceramic book series for example, was inspired by the novel "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. There's a library in this story, not just an ordinary one, but a huge labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print; a 'Cemetery of Forgotten Books'. All my ceramic booklets have therefore at least a worn, neglected and sometimes even a bit "ratty" appearance.

 

Niqui Kommerkamp - Purmerend 1962