My work method is a relatively intuitive and open-ended process based on studio practice where I usually work on several pieces at once and the paintings inform each other.
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My work expands outward from a central point of minimalism, into a world of texture, color, and material. I am interested in investigating the concept of space, boundary and the aesthetics. My works are representations of that exploration…
I work in a very repetitive and monastic way. I come to the studio every day, pretty early in the morning, and I work until evening. My practice is very time consuming and labour intense but it can be quite meditative so I enjoy it very much. New works come exclusively from the work itself and from my progress in understanding it…
My work examines the „bodyness“ and sensuality of materials and objects from daily life like easy fabrics, tiles, glass and wood. I also examine my environment, objects or bodies by taking photos, modelling with clay or taking moulds from body parts. What I also try to document with photography is atmosphere. My objects work like pictures but mainly as „persons opposite“. The objects creates a physical presence in the room and so the aspect of atmosphere becomes relevant again…
Marcel Duchamp’s works and ideas exert a strong influence on my work – specifically the moment that art begins to migrate from the eye to the mind. This relationship, the balance between the retinal and non-retinal, is apparent in chess, where the pieces stand as material shadows cast by the mental processes that drive the game forward. Duchamp’s chess activity feels to me like very powerful source material in this regard.
I am interested in language as a system which we use and which surrounds us. Words structure our thoughts and therefore our perception. Nevertheless there ist a immanent gap between the image and the word, between us and our surrounding. I create archaic paintings, signifier for this condition. These archaic, symbolic images preserve and highlight the interval between image and language. Others are more connected to system structures, flirting with power, or create signs we have to refill.
What is fertiliser for your work? Honestly, it’s just the materials themselves.
I get inspired by dirty walls, grime, torn posters, erosion, found colours and weather. I find going for walks and cycles the most interesting thing to do, there is so much out there to see and such discoveries provide ideas for myself to work from.
Growing up in Minnesota I spent time near the Canadian border. I’d like to return there someday, and make paintings of the landscape. Seeing the aurora borealis has had a lasting effect on me.
The fertiliser for my work? Movement.