Ruudt Peters

Metal sculpture of a pile of feet

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Ruudt Peters (1950) shares – it seems – a history with complicated names, a history which started in his mid career with the collection Ouroboros (1995), followed by Lapis (1997), Pneuma (2000), Iosis (2002) and Azoth (2004). Now Sefiroth has seen the light. There is a whole world behind these names, a world that can be discovered by use of alchemy and kabbalah, though not solely by these.  For Ruudt Peters mysticism proves to be a rich source, full of symbols, and meanings. Alchemy is a philosophy which moves between intuition and knowing, and Ruudt Peters takes us on a trip to recover its potentials but he doesn’t do this in an obvious way. Alchemy and mysticism have been sources of inspiration for many artists through the ages, from Middles Ages through Renaissance into modern times. Alchemy, and its related philosophies such as hermeneutics, Neo-Platonism and kabbalah, is all about the structuring of the world, about finding systems in nature and life by the use of symbols. For Ruudt Peters this is not The Truth but his reservoir, About Sefiroth he explains: “The names all come from kabbalah. There is a list with names and descriptions but I use it quite associatively, in an open-minded way, not dogmatic at all. It is more like a vehicle, something I use to express my ideas and emotions about life.”

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