Casper Faassen – Recollection
I remember drawing the athletes I admired, sunsets on vacation, or paintings like Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch”. Since my early childhood, it has been a way for me to assimilate moments of connection, to understand what makes these impressions precious.
And today, in searching for ‘life’ or ‘stillness’ in a still life, I feel more than ever that I am stopping time, by enclosing these objects that belong or once belonged to collectors, artists, scientists or museums. By their mere presence, each object brings its own story.
By focusing on the time, spirit and value of these objects, I began to integrate Japanese beliefs and philosophies such as animism, kintsugi or mono no aware into my work.
Between my studio in Leiden and working on my collection and Japan, I inevitably crossed paths with Dr. Philipp Franz von Siebold who had lived in Leiden and Dejima in the 19th century. He had started collecting flora and fauna for scientific purposes but soon his project had grown and he had created his own Japanese cultural center: The Siebold House.
And although I do not physically own most of the objects in this book, they are now all part of my collection: I surround myself with old Jomon vases, rare ginger pots from the Edo period, and wisteria plants brought to the Hortus Botanicus garden in Leiden by von Siebold.
I rework, add my language, question and admire.
Co-Publishers: The(M) éditions and IBASHO
Release: July 2020
Texts: French / English – Casper Faassen
Design: Studio Julia
Width: 157 mm
Height: 239 mm
Pages: 96 pages
Limited edition of 440 numbered copies including 40 numbered and signed copies available on the publisher’s website
|Dimensions||16 × 24 cm|
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