Although I develop distinct series, I consider my photography to be a single body of work, all part of one universe. This universe however, does fall into several dimensions, distinguished one from another not by colour, texture or shape, but rather by different layers of associative sensibilities. To capture and articulate these layers, I created a ideographic* system. Instead of using names, I assign a graphic symbol - or ideograph - that represents these layers, operating as a subset to a larger series of work. Each series is represented by one key ideogram. Every singular work that is made in a particular serie is represented by a unique ideogram that is derived from the key ideogram.
The ideographic system consists of four different parameters: position, surface, thickness and phase. Identifying the parameters in a work and how these are represented in a ideogram is pretty straightforward: the position marker is determined by the position of the glass in relation to the camera. The surface marker is based on the type of physical reaction that occurs in the glass (coagulation, thickening or separation) The phase marker articulates the stage of the reaction and the type of texture that emerges during this stage. The thickness marker is determined by the height of the reliëf.
*an ideogram or ideograph is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept, independent of any particular language, and specific words or phrases. Some ideograms are comprehensible only by familiarity with prior convention; others convey their meaning through pictorial resemblance to a physical object (from wikipedia_)