Aukje Fleur Janssen is combining two materials with opposing qualities: epoxy and wood. Epoxy is synthetic, fluid and transparent, wood is organic and solid. By melting the two together, the different qualities of both materials stand out surprisingly well. A table top has been turned into a minimalist wooden grid, the epoxy acts as a binding agent that shapes the table and gives it an identity. The natural grain of the wood forms a wonderful contrast with the powdery colours of the synthetic resin. Janssen has also discovered an application for handles in the combination of these two materials. A misty transparent layer forms a tactile skin across the wood. Wherever concentrations of colour occur as a signal, a handle emerges from the surface. Merging Materials is an unusual mix of two materials that go together exceptionally well.
Aukje Fleur Janssen
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