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TOUCH is the title of my new book. The previous book Stay! is completely sold out, so it's high time for a new publication. TOUCH contains a selection of works from the last ten years, it will be published in May 2023 by publishing house JapSamBooks and presented in Museum De Pont, Tilburg.

Ruud Willems - also designer of Stay! - and I have come a long way, the book is going to be beautiful. It is an exciting process to make a selection of my own work from the past ten years. Looking back on that period, I see that my work has become more earthy, partly due to the use of textiles, a third dimension has been added. Yet the same themes recur in these works: carrying – being carried, the attraction and repulsion between individuals, comfort and threat within a group, the conflict between reason and drive.
In the book the works alternate from light transparency to ominously heavy, from fast to a compelling slow-adagio. We think of Bach's music: a keynote of layered, deeply felt, existential humanity is interspersed with playful vitality.

Designer: Ruud Willems
Publisher: JapSamBooks

Authors (texts are Dutch/English)
- Merel Bem - author, teacher, art historian and copywriter (writes for, among others, Volkskrant)
- Gustan Asselbergs - philosopher, author, musician (percussion)
- Ludo van Halem - art historian, curator.

Technical data
Format: 28 x 24 cm, bound, linen hardcover with loose paper binding
144 pages, 2 paper types

To make TOUCH financially possible, I would like to ask for your trust by buying the book now.

Fill out the form below to order the book. You will receive an invoice for your order. I will send you a signed book (or books) in May 2023.

The price is € 35 per book, including VAT. Packaging and postage per book:

Netherlands € 10 (with track & trace) total: € 45
EU countries € 17,50 total: € 52,50
Rest of Europe € 25 total: € 60
Rest of world € 32 total: € 67

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