Gert Motmans work is drowned in nostalgia. His melancholic and surreal collage pieces are a combination of his own images, found footage and weathered papers. That way he is layering memories of his own as well as memories of others. He is fascinated by the ways in which time creates natural, imperfect beauty and he tries to restore that transience, to breathe new life into it. With his latest most personal series, Now it’s day, but I am dreaming, as yet he delves deep into his adolescence, a time that has often been a motive for his artistic practice. A time marked by apprehension and the feeling of not belonging. The artworks are composed of imagery inspired by and taken from family holiday negatives, slides and memorabilia and reveal scenery and male figures from an illusive world.
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