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Toxic Fix


15 new paintings, oil on linen. Poisonous stories of lethal chemicals, used in murder cases. Installation includes cake, tape and band-aid.


Stabbed cake: Sleeping pills, Final and De Ruijter, a sandwich with chocolate sprinkels and sodium azide


Overview


Malcom X. Ode to civil rights activist and imam Malcolm X, who was assassinated when he gave a speech in the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights, New York City on February 21, 1965. The silent witnesses on the crime scene: a fallen chair and 5 bullet holes in the decor. It was painted on his 93rd birthday, on May 19, 2018. Together with ‘EVOL’, free after the iconic ‘LOVE’, by Robert Indiana, who died on May 19, 2018.

Oil on Belgian linen, 24 x 27 and 12 x 14 inches (60 x 70 cm and 30 x 35 cm), 2018


Details: Band-aid and washi tape


Berenburg 
In May 2012 husband and wife Marian Heij and Nasr R. from Wageningen enjoy a pleasant evening but after drinking a glass of Berenburg bitters, Marian starts feeling sick and everything goes very wrong. She was urgently taken to the Radboud hospital in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, but her health declines rapidly and she dies the next day, May 13 at 9.30 AM. It turns out her husband Nasr. R has put poisonous sodium azide in her drink. In 2013 he was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Oil on Belgian linen, 12 x 14 inches (30 x 35 cm), 2018


Sleeping pills
(middle 2 painting). The 47-year-old Marie-Josée Vandenbosch, ‘Poisoner of Tongeren’ (Belgium) was sentenced to 30 years in prison. She was convicted for two attempted murders and murder of her husband Rudi. Marie-Josée was working as a cleaner in the eldery and as a hostess at parties. During the trial she appeared to have had many lovers. The woman first did a failed attempt to poison her husband by putting sleeping pills in his spaghetti sauce.

Oil on Belgian linen, 12 x 14 inches (30 x 35 cm), 2018


Ammo
Mixing cleaning supplies is dangerous: a Spanish woman who was cleaning with ammonia and bleach died in 2018 when these chemmicals formed a toxic gas, chloramine.


Sodium Nitrate, 25 kg
Euthanasia powder? There has been a lot of discussion about the Secret Powder. The Last Will Society promoted it for their members but never revealed the name of the chemical. It’s supposed to help old people who have a fulfilled life who are not terminally ill and want to die in a peacefull way, you only need 2 grams of the powder. A depressed young woman figured out what chemical it was and committed suicide, which resulted in criminal charges against the last Will society. Maybe they should have sued Google.

Oil on Belgian linen, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2018


De Ruijter
The 27-year-old Bart S. from Heerlen, was convicted to six years in prison and preventive custody. The chemist confessed he killed his girlfriend by spreading poison on a peanut butter and sprinkles sandwich. The 30-year-old remedial educationalist died on July 22, 2003, after becoming unwell at her job in Sittard. Despite quick medical assistance, she died a few hours later in hospital. After seven weeks the man turned hemself in to the police. He said he had put a mixture of Sodium Azide and Theobromine on her sandwich.


Oil on Belgian linen, 24 x 27 and 12 x 14 inches (60 x 70 cm and 30 x 35 cm), 2018



Ruavieja
(right) The 55-year-old woman Galina R. form Kattendijke poisoned her 60-year-old husband Ad van den Dool on March 8, 2009. She had put hair growth medication Minoxidil in his Spanish liqueur Ruavieja. Although a doctor at first assumed it was a natural death, the same day new information had come to light, that made the cause of death suspicious. Galina R. was sentenced to 7 years in prison.
Fleece, yarn, tape, 3.5 x 6 inches (9 x 15 cm), 2018