»Comparing apples
and oranges is my
daily bread.«

Juli Gudehus

collecting

I seem to collect just like I breathe: casually and organically. Collecting is vital for me. It provides nutritious substance for much of my work. My collections surround me like fertile earth around my creative seed.

I pick up trivia and oddities, I botanise 2d and 3d designs, phenomenons, texts, and words – partly in drawers and boxes, partly digitally. Some I keep because I think that one day, I might want to use them one way or another. Each time I find something that I can integrate into an existing collection, it delights and satisfies me. A lot of my findings collect themselves. Where there are three of a kind, they form the foundation of another collection. In most cases, I do not yet know what I am going to create with it.

I consider collecting to be a cultural technique. Sorting is strongly related. Both have to do with a certain view of the world that brings me much joy – an awareness of correlations and connections that are more or less, obvious.

Once I counted how many collections I have, both analog and digitally. It was around one hundred. On a meta level, you might say therefore, that I also collect collections.

I will gladly show you some of my collections an tell you something about it. For example my large collections of toilet tissues or plastic screw caps. Just drop me a line and let me know when you are in the area!