I am the bluebum gorgle, My father was a porgle, My mother was a poruleerd – That’s why their kids all turned out weird Rabeard! Rabeard! Rabeard!
-Cees Buddingh Translated by David Colmer
HOW IT STARTED: I found two discarded plywood shelves from our fuse cupboard and saved them from the trash. They have funny shapes as they had to fit around all kinds of pipes. After renovating our house they didn’t fit anymore. The ideal surface for painting! I started sketching abstract shapes, but soon these alien-like animal figures came out. The shape of the shelves somehow forced me into that direction. After finishing the painted shelves I found the urge to create more of these abstract animal-like figures. Immediately the above first stanza of a poem came to mind. A Dutch classic and much loved by my children when they were young. Author C. Buddingh described about 73 ‘gorgles’ in his poems. The very first about the ‘Blauwbilgorgel’, written in 1943