Tijd en Tijdverdrijf
(Time and Pastime)
Similar to ‘Vacation’ and ‘Summer’, this piece was created on the theme of relaxation, but also incorporates an exploration of time.
In the middle of the drawing there are three faces whose eyes are the wheels of a bicycle and whose hair is the saddle. The nose of each face in some way represents time. The first is an hourglass that represents an antique clock, the passing of time; the nose of the second face an time obelisk, as in the time of the pyramids and the Aztecs; the nose of the third face is the bow of a boat which stands for cutting time into minutes and seconds. Above the bow are the sails which complete the form of a boat, symbolising pastime.
In front of the bikes there is an image of time in the form of a character composed of elements that all represent pastime. Its belly is a football, hands are tennis rackets and legs are two cocktail glasses. Its face is a watch and its head is a clown hat.
The upper half of the drawing depicts swirling winds on which floats a bouncy castle. These two elements together stand for the volatility of time and illustrate that time is relative and does not actually exist, but is created by mankind. The bouncy castle represents dreams, inventions, things that are not quite as they may seem, but where time goes relatively fast, through its temporality and inherent symbolism contradicted by its physical reality.