Holy Play

The first chocolate Easter eggs are in the shops already, in competition with heart shaped Valentine boxes. It won’t be long till the Holidays are only distinguishable from one another by the shape the chocolate comes in. Last year, to battle the candification of our culture, I went to an “Artvesper” in the Nassau church,…

Omnia vanitas

The funeral procession took the tourist tour. The driver of a car in such a procession can be very prepared, program the GPS and so on, but eventually he has to go with the flow; the only certainty being the final stop. Indeed, like in life. We bent under and over the highway, past a…

Torture

Breasts will sag, butts, and fat little bellies. But in the drawing “Hangend vlees en twee lijnen” (Hanging meat and two lines) by Otto Egberts the meat is, though hairless, not clearly any specific body part. It would have been easy to add a nipple, but luckily Egberts didn’t, as the work is not about…

On eating raw meat

The roaring came from an unexpected source. On the sidewalk (silent shopfree street, sunny and complacent) sat a little boy in diapers. His finger tracked the red chalk stripes on the pavement within the reach of his short arms, and he roared. He was very focused, and sometimes the roaring changed to a satisfied growling.…