Maarten Brinkman (1962) about his art: “Nature is my greatest source of inspiration. In nature everything is different and yet the same. Everything is simple but complex. Everything is known and very unknown. Criteria that good art must fulfil.
I had my first experience with art as a seven-year-old boy. While playing with sand, I discovered that each grain of sand had a different shape and colour. I sorted the grains by colour and suddenly had a collection. It was a magical moment for me, because how could something worthless and so small become so important?
In my art, I look for the point where the familiar becomes art. For me, this moment is magical because it makes the imagination visible. It is the point where a line becomes a drawing and yet is both. This moment is enchanting, intangible and immeasurable.
By working with everyday materials and simple techniques, I get a better overview of the turning point; what to add or what to leave out. The interventions I make have to be clear and precise. Sometimes I just have to make the viewer see the reality differently.