In Van Doornum’s oeuvre, it is remarkable that the division between interior and exterior is very present. In this exhibition, he continues to work on this subject. The artist was born and raised in Mariënberg, a small Dutch village, and is strongly influenced by this in his work. In a modest way he criticizes the traditional village mentality.
Van Doornum applies a self developed form language on objects that can be found in every average Dutch household such as a kitchen cabinet, a towel rack, a TV antenna. The artist succeeds in transforming banal objects into alienating forms that doubt their own functionality. On the other hand, he also attaches importance to ideas of the small society in which he grew up. In this way religion can in no case be excluded from his work. He is not talking about the literal meaning of faith but about the efficiency and importance of traditions that accompany it. He asks the question what else remains of the mentality in which he grew up and what consequences are involved.
Van Doornum determines the look of his work in an intuitive way. Because he often works with contemporary industrial materials, the spatial collages have a rather clinical effect. His sculptures can be experienced very differently. But the varied work of Van Doornum can easily be distinguished by his typical writing.