The Modern Stone Age
Jan Marechal is intrigued by the duality of the individual, squaring up to the force of collective consciousness. And mindful of how a developed society can coddle you into a state of slave morality.
His art probes the post-modernistic idea that everything is a linguistic construct.
The physical occurrence of his ceramic forms, confront this cynical removal from the actual experience. They have a tension between the questions they raise and the thoroughness they manifest.
What is (human) nature? What is a cosmic concept?
Jan puts the present time against the human history, reaching back to the stone age. His objects represent deep-rooted fundamental symbols.
Among the instruments he uses, are craft, dualism, comedy, and play.
If his art makes a statement, it tries to reason with the post-modern distain against any merit of competence or aesthetics.