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Expression Repression (The Missing Story) 2016

Expression Repression (The Missing Story) 2016 - Jacob Van Der Beugel

Stoneware Clay and Cut Books

Photography courtesy of New Art Centre.

This work explores society’s relationship with data and abstracted information, in particular genetic data. How should we as a society or individual read our genetic profiles and how does it help us in understanding ourselves?

Books have been rendered obsolete, having been sawn in two. The story they told, now half told, is indecipherable. We cannot read our identity from our DNA like a story. The other half is missing. These installations refer to the necessary editing processes in order to attain knowledge and information from certain systems.

Torn ceramics have been inserted into this genetic system that record the history of human touch and its own making upon its surface. Their inclusion between the pages represent the lost story, symbolic of our own history and fashioning. They serve...

Pathways of Patients 2016

Pathways of Patients 2016 - Jacob Van Der Beugel

Concrete, Liquid Rust, Steel and Recycled Aggregate

These works are the result of a collaboration with The ECSG, the Epidemiology Cancer Statistics Group based at York University. This group looks into the complexities of analysing haematological malignancies, such as leukaemia and lymphomas.

The work wishes to highlight that while socio-demographics are not a determining factor in occurrence of blood cancers, it does play a role in the outcome and survival rate of the more chronic conditions. This fact, similar in many other chronic conditions, needs to be highlighted and ultimately rectified.

The ubiquitous material of concrete has been used, because concrete can suffer from its own form of cancer. When the concrete surface starts to degrade it increases in porosity, allowing water to penetrate and compromise the integrity of the steel reinforcement bars. When this happens quite often rust can be seen leaching...

The Difference Being 2015

The Difference Being 2015 - Jacob Van Der Beugel

Private Collection

Stoneware Clay

This work explores the emerging field of Epigenetics. Colours, textures and depth vary in an attempt to convey the metamorphic nature of ourselves and how our genes respond to our environment. We are in constant flux and our notion of the self is predicated on our surrounding context. We all respond to context in different ways.

What makes these same stretches of DNA sequence more or less colourful, protruding and expressed? What are the contributing external factors? We are more interdependent with our environment in a more profound way then we first realised. This is something that should be whole-heartedly embraced and understood.

Ceramics has a very important part to play in expressing this idea. It is very prone...

The North Sketch Sequence 2014

The North Sketch Sequence 2014 - Jacob Van Der Beugel

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK

Stoneware Clay and Hand-Mirrored Glass

Photography by Sylvain Deleu and Andrew Farrar

The North Sketch Sequence was conceived as an all encompassing ceramic experience. The DNA of The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and their son and daughter-in-law, Lord and Lady Burlington, has been translated into 650 large ceramic panels. Protruding ceramic blocks, organised into four columns, G A T C, represent the mitochondrial DNA of all four sitters. A fifth central portrait has been created that depicts ‘Everyman’. This contains miniature mirrors that reflect the faces of the viewing public, emphasising the importance of visitors to Chatsworth in a more democratic era.

The installation is an exploration of human identity, inheritance and ultimately an illustration of the human condition. The genetic understanding of oneself is tackled through themes of communality and uniqueness. Historically, inheritance at Chatsworth has...

Good Year Bad Year 2013

Good Year Bad Year 2013 - Jacob Van Der Beugel

Private Collection

Stoneware Clay

An expansion on the Dutch 17th century vanitas theme, this work explores the differences of success and failure, intemperance and the meagre, through the use of colour, form and texture. The use of viticultural vessels and colour are metaphors for the development of the grape, and more generally one’s fortune or fate. What occurs to the grape from its budding to its bottling, i.e its environmental circumstances, chemical additions, terroir or inherited faxtors and maturing process, is similar to the development of a person.

A Hymn 2010

A Hymn 2010 - Jacob Van Der Beugel

Artist’s Collection

Stoneware Clay

A work that captures the song and celebration of the atmospheric church choir.

The Barley House Commission 2010

The Barley House Commission 2010 - Jacob Van Der Beugel

Private Collection, Suffolk

Stoneware Clay

Photography by Graham Murrell

The Barley House installation tracks through a beautiful open plan residence that overlooks the river Stour. The work commences deep within the house and moves towards the external landscape. This is captured by the colour gradation of black to ethereal ochre. The space that the work sits in has numerous functions, from library, dining room, sitting room, music area and to vista of the surrounding area. The vessels are arranged on a 18m long integrated niche to imitate the function of the space directly in front of it. The work is a metaphorical and lyrical depiction of spatial function.

Memento Mori 2007

Memento Mori 2007 - Jacob Van Der Beugel

Artist’s Collection

Stoneware Clay

Photography by Sylvain Deleu

Memento Mori is a still-life that tackles the themes of excess and mortality. The piece is a contemporary response to the 17th century Dutch still-life. The installation comprises of close to two hundred ceramic vessels and consists of a spectrum of alcoholic containers, including imitation plastic cider bottles, crunched beer cans and traditional chianti bottles-with red marks to the reverse of the pieces. The excess of empty consumption is a vanitas, whilst the red flecking serves as the memento mori.