The common thread in my working process is the exploration of identification and the nature of perception. I approach and question socio-psychological situations from a personal point of view. This often results in audiovisual projects characterized by an investigative documentary method. In the 3- channel video installation Any Day Now I live and interact with members of a Christian community who are preparing themselves for the Apocalypse. In the video installation Multiverse I go behind the scenes of a Dutch talent show by participating in it, infiltrating the television industry and questioning it's grip on the audience. In my most recent 2-channel video Persona, my father and I join a spiritual retreat as a means to find peace with our so-called inner self. The video reflects critically but humorously on the contemporary trend of 'finding your true self' and questions if it's nothing but a social role or a naïve dream. I feel drawn to subjects that deal with the human psychological condition, the way we construct our identity and it's position within society.
I need a certain disorientation in order to expose the friction of a challenging subject. By immersing myself in an unknown situation, my own vulnerability acts as a tool to get to the core of the subject from an insider's perspective. The exploration and investigative process becomes visible in the work and reveals dialogues and personal doubts in a very direct manner. I turn the camera on myself to underline this directness and expose my manipulative double role as a director and performer. I strive towards a multi-angle perspective within each work to provide an ambiguous story for the viewer. Basically I work following a system of observing, infiltrating, communicating and finally manipulating to create a work that should be unnerving and luring at the same time.
Furthermore I enjoy creating a larger context around the subject by organising public events that relate to the videowork. I first started doing this during my residency at Heden Hier in 2012 for which I produced the video Multiverse as the main project, hosted public portrait sessions and a public event that explored the subject from a theoretical point of view. For the multifaceted project Edith as Muse at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in 2013 I produced weekly one-on-one walks&talks with audience members, displayed various installations containing objects and documents and hosted a weekly participatory public roundtable with an art historian to explore the subject through dialogue. Momentarily I'm preparing a project, with the working title The Embassy of Loss, which will also be a multifaceted project that explores the human condition regarding loss/losing and it's unclear position in Western society. While loss is often looked at as something that produces an emotional reaction, loss also features cognitive, social, physical, behavioral and even philosophical implications. The term Loss can be interpreted regarding the loss of a person, job or anything else dear. I'm working towards a concept that exists of a radiostation, a publication, a video installation, a spacial intervention and a series of workshops.
Stroom, DH /// Magazine - Interview & spread - januari 2013
Trendbeheer, @ GEM Den Haag - februari 2013
AD Dagblad, Puck ontleedt Edith - april 2013
DHCentraal, Snippers van betekenis - Edith als muze - april 2013
Jegens&Tevens, Interview - mei 2013
Cultuurbewust, Edith als muze - mei 2013
8weekly, Edith als muze - juni 2013
Whatsupmiami, Edith as muse - juni 2013
Trendbeheer, De avonturen van de alleskunner - mei 2012
Frans van Hilten, Kunstenaar Puck Verkade draait rollen om - mei 2012
Charlotte Fritschy, Interview -mei 2012
Den Haag Centraal - Egbert Faassen, Doldrieste avonturen van Puck Verkade -juni 2012
Trendbeheer, Droste Effect @ Nieuwe Vide - november 2012
Haarlems Dagblad, Droste Effect meer dan fun - november 2012
Stroom Den Haag, Aanmoedigingsprijs 2011 – june 2011
Mister Motley, Eindexamententoonstelling KABK – june 2011