Work in progress

Assessing the quality of his work Aad Hoetjes primarily uses a simple yardstick: It should only be exhibited when it keeps surprising himself after continuous watching under various conditions. 
At the same time he uses the restriction that the surprising element should not be a lavish style that prevents an easy overview.
From experience he learned that the chances of a successful combination of both these features increase with the degree of abstraction. The spectator must get as much space as possible to give a private meaning to the sculpture.
Therefore he considers the titles of his sculptures not so much as flags that cover the cargo, but more as mnemonics or shortcuts for himself.
Good art always has a universal meaning that is not fabricated by the maker, he says. Only the shape is my own merit.
A striking comment on his work is the view that his sculptures can be regarded as small-scale models of imposing monuments.