Maelstrom series I

I don’t feel the water anymore
As sweat drips
Down my back

It is relentless
It does not care
Who I am
And that is why
It pushes and pulls
My legs
My feet
Do I swim or dance?
With joy or anger
As I am
Crumbled, tumbled

Down we go


The maelstrom is a natural disaster. A whirlpool in the ocean, which pulls every object, human or creature of the sea, down to the bottom. It maintains its existence through constant movement; swirling and relentlessly moving water, spiraling down into the sea. Objects and creatures caught by its overwhelming power, shift in appearance; growing longer legs, or becoming estranged images to human perception, while shaping and shifting in form. Randomly, and out of human logic and context, placed next to each other, they descend more and more down into the water. Barely a fraction of what we are familiar with stays, thereby creating room for something new to develop.

April 2021

Dematerialization of collective movement (2021)
Swim or dance (2021)
Untitled I (2021)
Contemplation of space (2021)
Shaped and shifted (2021) picture by Eric de Vries