“I feel it but I can't think it, I see it but I can't name it, this is my art’ - Dirk Van der Sman 2017 Dirk's art exists in a space where one feels but can’t think, where one can see but can’t name or categorize. He uses movement, proprioception, exteroception and interoception to embed lines in sand using his parameters as a person, a vitruvian self, to construct his art in the dark hours of morning. He focusses on impermanence, the interdependence of consciousness and environment and the conservation of natural diversity. At sunrise, the natural light brings memory in the form of lines from a mental image moved through in darkness. For the audience, they see art. Dirk was born in 1972. He grew up in Southern Africa where he completed a Masters degree in Art and Humanities. He lived in Asia for 7 years before moving to Australia in 2008. He is influenced by the ideas of past philosophers, Plato's Allegories, Jacques Lacan, the techniques of Vitruvius, Impermanence, Interdependence and Natural diversity. He lives in Geelong, Victoria and does the artwork the beaches of Torquay in the State of Victoria. Dirk has been awarded a with a Special Recognition Category Award and Special Merit Category Award at the "Seasons" Exhibition 2017; "Botanicals" Exhibition 2017 Light Space & Time Online Gallery. He was a finalist in Brisbane Art Prize 2017.
Dirk's ArtPrize Entries
These are Dirk's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Dirk's Past Work
These are images of past work that Dirk has done.