Maarten Vanden Eynde

The Other Side

Various materials, 750 x 110 x 60 cm.
(In the collection of Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, The Netherlands)

The Other Side is completely build up with pairs of objects, mirroring as it were itself. It is a reference to the biblical story of Noah, who stocked the Ark with a male and female of each species so that they could procreate after the impending flood. It hints at a new deluge but the title also suggests the possibility of an after life.

The Other Side is made up of the traces of a person’s life: it contains a vast number of things that my mother has collected in the course of her life and in the process of making artworks as an artist, and forms both a reflection of herself and the remains of her career, and of the residue of late-20th-century and early-21st-century human beings.