Artist Statement

My work approaches two human characteristics - power and ignorance. Even though I focus on the universal and timeless aspects of these attributes and their interconnections, my paintings and sculptures are not detached from contemporary urgent matters. The man made challenges that we face in the 21 Century, such as climate change, are recurrent themes of my art and clearly the result of power and ignorance.

    I combine modern and postmodern concepts in my work. DADA's nonsensical artistic approach and the modernist rejection of universal truth, objective reality and morality are vital to my work process. Another modern and postmodern trait of my art is the dissolution of the linear and coherent narrative by selecting random visual and textual elements. Except for the color palette of a painting, I have an automatic approach which is guided by an intuitive logic and subconscious vision. Through this technique the painting or the sculpture take on a life of their own and reveal their content at the final stages of the creative process.

    I use the two-dimensional concept of space. In addition, I evoke a certain spatial depth through incorrect or multiple perspectives, distorted scale relations, and superimpositions. Uncontrolled brushstrokes and random color fields are set in contrast to precise graphics, such as speech bubbles and text. This Apollonian-Dionysian concept of rationality versus irrationality runs through my work like a thread.  

    My pictorial repertoire is a random mixture of figures, objects, shapes, numbers and text. Many of these components are symbolically and allegorically charged and derive from human history and pop culture. Text fragments are an important element of my work. They come from lyrics, literature or from phrases that I pick up on the street. Often certain words or phrases pop up in my head and need to find their way into my paintings.

    The characters of my work are in a state of limbo and their actions are unclear to us. They are isolated figures with no interaction. There is no eye contact between the characters and viewers as well. Even though my protagonists seem detached from one another by different eras and places, they are actually linked to each other. This philosophical aspect of my work is based on the idea that everything and everybody on this planet is connected to each other in one way or another.