Finding my subject wasn't that hard. One thing I've learned; make sure your heart is in it. So that's where I looked. It has been there for more then twelve years now, the longing for a certain place. It started with a thought, it became a dream and now it's a part of me. For ten years I dreamed about a place I had never been to; Canada. This changed in the summer of 2011. I had a long summer holiday in front of me and decided that if I worked full-time for about five weeks I could afford to go to Canada for three weeks at the end of the summer. So that's what I did, I booked a flight and went to British Columbia. It was the first time traveling on my own, not knowing what to expect, not knowing anyone there. It was the best summer I ever had. When I came back I knew this wasn't something that I had to get out of my system, going there had become an even deeper embedded desire within me. The next summer, the one right before my graduation, I did the same routine, but this time I went to Ontario. A different but equally amazing experience.
Being back home I noticed how much the longing for Canada influences me. I keep trying to find or create pieces of that place here. It's so strong that I knew I had to do something with it. Something where all my findings and creations could come together in a form that could go on endlessly. That's how my project, Reversed Homesickness, was born. I created an ongoing series of work about the longing for this certain place. For each issue in the serie I picked an aspect of this reversed homesickness to work with. The outcome differs in shape and size, it can be a booklet, a poster or a print, whatever fits best with each issue.
Even though I graduated, I can still continue with the serie (and I will). That's why I started this blog, to write and share the endless longing for a place that is not here.