Sam Donald Pie Hersbach

Nationality: Dutch

Born:  13-04-1995, Arnhem, The Netherlands

 

High school city: Arnhem, NL

Study city: Utrecht, NL (bachelor Fine Art at the HKU)

 

Hometown: Blaricum, The Netherlands (for one year)

 

Living and working in Blaricum, The Netherlands. I am able to do this because of the 'stipendium atelier residency'. This residency is provided by the Dooyewaard stichting and will last for one year.


Artist statement

 

 

One could see my paintings as photographs / snapshots, or visual cut-outs of a bigger world. The world continues to exist beyond the painting. Into the unknown. The creatures that live within my paintings are more often than not afraid of the ‘unknown area’ that lays outside of the painting. Other, (generally bigger), creatures live in this outside world. There is an interaction between the in- and outside world of the paintings. Therefore the peripheral areas of the painting are of utmost important. In these areas the creatures crawl in and outside the painting. Some creatures are so big that only one finger could fit within the image.  In the work creatures fight for power and self enhancement. In one painting called ‘masker pakking’ (mask taking/grabbing), a creature finds, choses and takes a new mask to wear. A new mask as a new ego, a new extension of your being. In another painting a group of snakes attempt to hunt down a large foot of an enormous person. Meanwhile a catfish is already attacking some of those snakes. And spears are going towards the catfish. However nothing would matter if a 'too big to imagine' creature would swipe everything out of the painting, with just one movement of the finger.
 
I am also highly interested in technoself studies. Becoming godlike creatures through technology. What is it to be human. What is part of your being, or just a tool?
 
I do not desire to be a total thought dictator. This is because of the fact that everyone has a different history and view on reality. The one to one relation between the viewer and the painting is of great important and very interesting. My view on the painting is not the absolute truth.

 

 

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Het schilderij als foto van een grotere wereld, waar wezens door het beeld stappen. Deze wezens, stelen, vluchten en dwalen. Ze kunnen angstig zijn voor het grote onbekende buiten het frame. De schilderijen zijn als ‘Film Stills’. Soms van een groep slangen, die een ietwat onhandige poging tot de jacht uitvoeren. Een andere keer kiest een wezen een nieuw masker. Een masker als extensie van je zijn, als een nieuw ego. Een schilderij kan binnen-hoofdse chaos vast leggen. Gecreëerd door de poging, om via technologische ontwikkelingen, supermens of halfgoden te worden.

 

 

Een schilderij moet zelfstandig een goed beeld kunnen zijn, dit beeld hoeft niet mooi te zijn, maar wel overtuigend.