Joost Gerritsen

Climate change, Anthropocene, words that bound to come up in a conversation as we live in a world that’s shaped by it.
My work is a reflection on these themes and the world I live in
but above all I consider them as poems.


I caught myself some nature.



Game on.


after ‘Game On’, a sculpture by Joost Gerritsen

From his pockets and his pockets he brought forth
an assemblage of coins and pin badges and trolley
tokens and sim cards and salt sachets and dog tags
and chip forks and stamps with the Queen on and
dahlia petals – I love her, I love her not – and Ritz
crackers and cracker jokes and fickle fish and wafers
and when these are shingled about his person in
ridges and in rows he becomes an armadillo and
when they are stripped from him – she loves him not,
she loves him – he becomes an armadillo, scaled.

Julia Bird


Game on.

after ‘Game On’, a sculpture by Joost Gerritsen

After a game then: jam
not jam tomorrow but now
its thickening spool
refuelling the bottle
for the fishes of nails
hugmuggering the valve
at their speculative reaches
for a bloodrust sip
so let bottle be mother
arm round her children
restrainer and makepeace
gather-pin nurse
Wait children she tells them
brimtight with tongues
A turn brings you sweetness
one slip a drink

Mike Sims.

The lemon and the encrypted message.

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When nature and art collide.

I want to come close to nature, integrate it in my works. Fuse nature with man made things. I try to find the holes in the border of artificiality and the natural world. And wonder if there is really a distinction between the two realms. The interesting things happen when the two elements connect and communicate with each other in a self explanatory way.

Joost Gerritsen Blog

Decomposing an art work

  There is something strange in dismantling an artwork. It's like working in reverse. A film going backwards.I had to dismantle a couple of works for the show "By the way" in the Lewisham Art House, London. As all the works had to travel with me in an old...

And then I Spoke.

  And then I spoke.Not with a human word, it wouldn’t fit. But I reply, I try to formulate an answer that will be understood. How do I explain the beauty of rust to a tin can, or respond to a question asked by a dying pine? A car track shows me what was here. I...

We are a plastic bag.

  Our biggest mistake yet. We have separated ourselves from nature. I'm not an historian, but even for them it would be difficult to pinpoint the moment where we stepped outside the game and placed ourselves above or beside the rest of the natural world. For...

Composing a new soul out of shattered identities.

I feel the rock trying to puncture my shoes. I have to be careful where to place my next step. The unmovable rock helps me as I'm unable to walk without thinking. Walking without looking isn't an option. The land is dry, it hasn't rained for months and the thorns,...

The Lab

Battle Worn

Battle worn. Bit by bit my drawings are becoming more spacial. Not that I would call my new sculptures 3d drawings but they share similarities. I guess it's inevitable as they are made by the same artist Joost Gerritsen (that's me..). The drawings and sculptures do...

The visual consequences of changing the destination

As you set out for Ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery.*  It's not were you go, it's not were your coming from but it's what's in between the starting point and destination.  I changed my course, but still I'm sailing...

Diogenes Syndrome – the art of collecting stuff.

  The Diogenes Syndrome - living in a barrel full of stuff! The other day I was talking with an artists friend Andrada about an upcoming exhibition. The idea was to step into the world of people with a Diogenes Syndrome. People who convulsively collect stuff,...

Shoping list for Raku clay

I’m a complete Raku newbie. I’ve followed two workshops and thought that that should be enough to make me a pro. Bluff your way through… nope doesn’t work always. Apparently you need a special clay when firing Raku. What the hack…I only discovered this when I had...

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