Alexander Ketele (1954) was originally a sculptor. A sculptor opts for space, on which he wishes to get a grasp and express through his use and choice of a particular material. Ketele aims to express movement by bringing together a diversity of materials (primarily steel and brass, in addition to glass) into a single work of art. The interplay of reflection, transparency and absorption reinforces the plastic expression of the material. The forces of the material used enter into a battle with one another, but can simultaneously be in perfect harmony. The reason why Alexander Ketele uses glass is because of the manner in which the infinite movement inherent to this material underscores the interplay of lines in his work.
‘I draw in space. Glass offers a wealth of possibilities; it encourages dialogue. In my sculptures, glass is a carrier of structure and transparency. In this, its reflective and absorptive properties are of the essence.’ - Alexander Ketele
(Piet Augustijn in: De Glazen Eeuw. Part I)