Over the last seven years Smet has worked on an extensive series of paintings and try-outs. He wanted to know what to do with nature as a theme, and how people had any chance to produce anything significant opposite that impressive achievement. Nature with all its time and ability, produced groundbreaking stuff like trees, ants, rocks — what did we achieve? What can we do in our short lifetime?

For a long time he focussed on the tendency of man to demolish and deteriorate the landscape, but that shifted to the overall influence man has on the densely inhabited and intensely used world. And thus its landscape — completely designed by humans. The cluttering, destruction, but also structures, solutions for human presence. With the underlying thought that we are a guest of nature, and it is she who has the final say.

Masking tape, which Smet uses in abundance in his works, — a mass produced material usually regarded as useless — is used as a building block. Like molecules, tiny particles or bricks this tape, in bits and pieces, it is repeatedly stacked until something is created which can be seen as an own version of landscape — formed by time and quiet attention. Precisely with materials which are artificial — acrylic, tape, paper towels — it wishes to be a nod to the actual landscape.

Edwin Smet, Nijmegen, Nederland
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