In his art he sneaks up on the past from various angles. As gently and as carefully as possible he lifts it out of its usual context and put it down in the present. He is not looking for cut and dried definitions or absolute statements, but tentatively seeks out ways to describe the significance of the past and the present.
Over the years his early memories were coloured and deepened by more recent observations and perceptions. All these experiences became wrapped up in a new identity: a personal and legitimate world view incorporating all of these things and which is essentially internalized. Shocking personal experiences, fruitful encounters with colleagues, life’s lessons learned from friends, advice given by teachers in the United States who set him on the read to becoming an artist and Dutch colleagues who understood his creative ideas: these are the things which helped to form Joseph Cals both as an human being and as an artist.