My work addresses the dark side of human nature with a focus on the abuse of power. Even though I explore the universal and timeless aspects of human behavior and their interconnections, my paintings and sculptures are not detached from contemporary urgent matters. The man-made challenges that we face in the 21st century, such as climate change, the decline of democracy, and racism are recurrent themes of my art.
I combine modern and postmodern concepts in my work. DADA's nonsensical artistic approach and the modernist rejection of universal truth 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 fragments. I have an automatic approach, which is guided by an intuitive logic and subconscious vision. This technique gives me the freedom to channel my thoughts on our human behavior, our struggles and fears.
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 as a way to reflect the many layers of reality. Loose 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, and shapes. Many of these components are symbolically and allegorically charged with social critique. Text fragments and numbers are an important element of my work and address urgent matters such as climate change and the abuse of power.
The characters of my work - often hideously masked figures - are in a state of limbo, and their actions are unclear to us. It is a reference to the interconnection between awareness and ignorance. Even though my protagonists seem detached from one another by different eras and places, they are not only linked to each other through the dark side of their human nature, but also through the spiritual world.