Never grow-up, always dream like a child. This is the main drive that keeps Josse De Maesschalck going. He tells stories of memories and childlike innocence. Josse believes we all still carry that inner child in us, a lot of us just lost touch with it. We have a need to return to the simple things in life, emotions, stories and experiences, like those we had in our childhood.
Josse's works are a tribute to the innocent life as a child. The simplicity of that world, of that life, is also the thing that make his work peaceful and full of beauty,... but also strange. We are, as an adult, estranged from the simple life. Everything is conflict, danger and struggles. The only potential danger we had as a child was to get caught doing something that wasn't allowed, like peaking over the neighbors' hedge. We, as a viewer, are trying to peak over the hedges in Josse's works.