The birth of my comatose daughter Annelies (9-11-1978) and the daily love and
care she needs had - and has - a not to be underestimated impact on my artistic career
in general and my artistic creations in particular. A daily care that mortgaged my
artistic projects in a high degree. A -bio»«centric- ’ (*) care resulting from
my innate respect for life as such. A care leading to numerous moments of immeasurable
grief and profound happiness.
The extreme experience of living together with a comatose person for over thirty-four
years made me perfectly clear that every life, how subtle it may be, is worth living.
An experience that, despite the chaos and despair resulting from the confrontation
with my daughter’s cerebral palsy, formed the basis of my quest for the inner conflicts
of my spiritual and artistic mentors, the great painters, composers and authors of
world history. Inner conflicts reflected in their outstanding masterpieces.
And, thus, I consider my personal, 21rst century, interpretations of their creations
as a reflection of my deepest and unbreakable bond with my disabled daughter Annelies.
The beautiful little girl who joined our family, now, thirty-four years ago.She,
who taught me that happiness and sadness may, in no case, exist the one without the
I, therefore, hope that my -bio»«centric- (*) space paintings may project my
inner conflicts and my deepest feelings, my sadness and my happiness, on each
and every onlooker.
bie baldwin elbio
(*) Contrary to the ‘ego-centric vision’, ‘the -bio»«centric- vision’ puts life
(bios) and not our ego at the center of our life and universe.