Wombwell Rainbow Ongoing Book Interview: “you’re the Bone Machine” by Marcel Herms. Question 4.

bone machine cover Marcel Herms

-Marcel Herms

is a Dutch visual artist. He is also one of the two men behind the publishing house Petrichor. Freedom is very important in the visual work of Marcel Herms. In his paintings he can express who he really is in complete freedom. Without the social barriers of everyday life. There is a strong relationship with music. Like music, Herms’ art is about autonomy, freedom, passion, color and rhythm. You can hear the rhythm of the colors, the rhythm of the brushstrokes, the raging cry of the pencil, the subtle melody of a collage. The figures in his paintings rotate around you in shock, they are heavily abstracted, making it unclear what they are doing. Sometimes they look like people, monsters, children or animals, or something in between. Sometimes they disappear to be replaced immediately or to take on a different guise. The paintings invite the viewer to join this journey. Free-spirited. He collaborated with many different authors, poets, visual artists and audio artists from around the world and his work was published by many different publishers. http://marcelherms.nl

The Interview

Q:4: After having looked through the book what do you wish the viewer to leave with?

To be honest, when making my art (and therefore also with this book) I’m not so concerned with what the viewer/reader will think of it. But I hope that the viewer is intrigued by the interplay of the drawings and the underlying images/text and the unexpected effects that arise as a result. That’s what I really like about it: it’s a surprise on every page how that turns out.


The book may be purchased here: https://uitgeverijpetrichor.nl/product/youre-the-bone-machine/


More answers tomorrow.

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