WESTERN BURIAL and the graves of the -isms

WESTERN BURIAL

WESTERN BURIAL

The purpose of my artistry is to express – through black humour, deadly seriousness and abstract poetry – my own experiences and observations regarding the world, life itself and the present times. My art reflects on xenophobia, nostalgia, beauty ideals and overconsumption, but without concretization or banalization. The ambiguity is obvious because art is always subjective. It is up to the viewer to reflect on what is communicated.

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Art is a process that begins with an idea, which leads to further thoughts and questions. What is communicated is never as interesting as the communication itself, since it is the key to development.
As my form of expression I have chosen painting, because it’s so deeply rooted in the past and at the same time serves as a bridge to the future. My paintings are dialogues between art historical genres – such as expressionism, symbolism, surrealism and realism – and the present day where it all comes together through references and eclecticism.

SAINT JEROME GOES BOOM

SAINT JEROME GOES BOOM

In my latest series of paintings I quote earlier artists, with the intention to create something new out of something familiar. I walk consciously in the footsteps of others before me, to explore new paths and to explore what can be communicated through visual means.

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My interest in the past stems from my recent studies in the art scientific field: especially the constructed art history that we too often take for granted; the different art theories that come and go; the social conditions which determine the possibilities of art production. Everything is impermanent and changeable, yet at the same time (paradoxically) constantly reproduced.

All of this can be discerned in my art, where traditional painting – despite being pronounced “dead” – can be seen dancing of the graves of the -isms.