University: Visual Artist/Muthesius Kunstakademie
Graduation Year: 2013
I paint and draw in order to transmit sometimes complicated emotions to another person. I feel that painting is still a very powerful art form. I think that there is a unique intensity transported by a human made image and to the knowledge that an image has been created solely by hand. I also believe, that you never really look at a painting without secretly thinking of all the paintings you have seen and know from art history. I am trying to work with this idea of the art canon, the images of paintings and art works that you are having in the back of your mind. By doing so I am also trying to break free from this canon and invent new forms of pictorial depiction in the camp of painting. In our global and digital world painting might seem outdated, but I see exactly in this history of painting as being the oldest visual depiction art form chances and possibilities to express and investigate modern ways of seeing as provided by contemporary media and technologies. In our digital world today, we have the privilege and weight of the largest image data base and search engines. In my work I heavily rely on our ‘collective database’ of imagery, and on familiarity with certain iconic images and standard photographs. Memory, migration and (cultural) identity are one of my central themes. Working with a collection of found photographs showing moments of other people’s lives I try to re-liven the feeling portrayed in these moments and memories by translating the image into a painting. I am very interested in how memories shape our personalities and make us who we are. In that way I do not paint portraits but use the human figure as a metaphors for feelings and moments we all share.