The common thread in my work is marked by exploring how human beings give meaning to life in order to survive. I approach and question certain socio-psychological situations from a personal point of view and this working process 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 through belief-systems 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 and activities 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.
Parallel to my artistic practice I initiated Wander in 2012, a residency program for creative practitioners of all sorts, to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and establish cross-disciplinary dialogue. Wander offers a customized program by creating a local/national network of professionals working in- or outside of the arts for every resident. (www.go-wander.org)
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