Clay pigeon is part of the banquet series, a series I started in 2012. This is one of the last in that series and also one of the most exuberant. Banquet still lifes arose in the 17th century, these still lifes encouraged moderation and stood out for their calm use of colour. So it is certainly not a showy still life' . The title refers to the orange round discs in the background, so these are clay pigeons. I thought it was so funny that such bright abstract shapes should depict birds. Besides a few broken tulips, I had bought flowers on the market, but when I got home half of them had already broken, I thought that was so sad that I made a kind of homemade incubator for the tulips. I think it's good that we are careful about what we have and can be open to new forms of how nature will show itself to us.
Clay Pigeons is part of the exhibition 'oysters and lemons' in the Muiderslot, which can be seen from 2 September to mid-November 2022.