The Pandora Suite 2009 – 2016

This series of black and white woodcuts (2009 – 2016) was inspired by the Greek myth in which Pandora makes the disastrous decision to open the gift from Zeus:

a vessel (some say a jar, some say a box) filled with misfortune and catastrophe. Sickness and bedlam spreads over the earth and spells the end of human innocence.

 

The dizzying and dynamic images in the woodcuts show a battle between black and white, form and counterform and search for composition in chaos. With largely abstract shapes the artist tries for ‘the suggestion of reality as much as possible’.

 

He has developed a technique in which the wood around the image is not cut away, as usual, but the image is added to a woodblock in relief and subsequently printed.