Jaco van der Vaart - Lives and works in Delft,  the Netherlands

2016 -                          Curator at Artcentre Kadmium/Prinsenkwartier                     Delft 2004 -                         Artist at Pulchri Studio                                                   The Hague
1995 - 98                    Willem de Kooning Academy                                         Rotterdam
1993 - 95                    Secondary Teacher Training Handicrafts                      Rotterdam
There used to be a time in which everything seemed to be related. Science, Religion, Magic and  Art  were seamlessly integrated.  Ever since the  Enlightenment,  we have
split up reality in increasingly elaborated disciplines.  Nowadays, there are specialties like cardiology besides neurosurgery, painting next to video arts.
     There are advantages in categorizing  the world in this manner. It’s a way to partly
control the chaos. However, at the same time you lose something too. The wonderful
imagines of Jaco van der Vaart from Delft show us that reality is not as neatly organi -
sed and static as our created classification likes us too believe. Just the opposite. His poetic sculptures express a continual movement,  a transformation,  and show every - thing is connected in a natural way. 
     Van der Vaart ’s motivation  for his sculptures has  always  been  the  human  body besides our intellectual powers.  And from 2010 onwards, the topic change, transfor - mation has been added.  In all his sculptures we recognize parts of our world;  brains, hands, a house, medical instruments. By means of the style VanderVaart has presen - ted these  fragments, new connections are being made.  In for example  ’Athanor’ , he shaped  an  oven  like  the ones  used  by  Alchemists in  past  centuries  during  their search for the Philosopher’s stone; a substance which could turn common metals into gold. From this oven, VanderVaart lets develop ’branches’.  Branches like those found everywhere in humans and nature which have the perfect dimensions. This is how he joins universally known shapes to the alchemist’s primal materials.
     With his considered  choice of  materials,  Van der Vaart  stresses the newly found connections.  It ’s remarkable how close he generally  remains to the literal  intension of the materials. He used sugar in ’First Governor’ because the heart needs energy to pump and used rubber for ’The Mother’as this material has the same feel to the touch as a mother’s breast. It barely needs an explanation.
Matter Metamorphosis
     The sculptures of  VanderVaart remind us intuitively how beautiful and  mysterious life is:  progressively transforming, full of unexpected bonds, intangible.  In spite of all our knowledge and categorizing.

Text by Sandra Spijkerman 
Translated by Jeanette Kreuger