ABOUT MY ART
Discovering people, and observing their emotional landscape as it mirrors reflectively on their faces with never ending variation - marking the history and defining the human condition - that is the mystery I like to capture in a new and explorative way.
My artistic goal is to replicate the experiences that we share as we discover people and render this experience in a visual way - making it an exploration, rather than a documentation.
When approached from a distance my artwork creates a first impression based on simple and bold graphic elements - symbolizing the archtypical, the mask, the iconic, the foundational basic emotional structures that we all share - the symbolic images that mankind has created to describe the human condition dating back to the early Iconic painting of Christianity or the multi-cultural Mask-carving styles from around the world - all expressing a common connection. It is the principal layer in my artwork.
On closer view I work with details, the subtleties, the small nuances that make faces so expressive. The surface that is there to be observed - the grief, the joy, the horror and the humanity - the more than 200 facial expressions we have been imprinted at birth and we learn to interpret at a very early age. The surface is the mystery known to all of us - what lies underneath is a journey of discovery.
By creating carefully orchestrated compositions I combine and extract multiple interpretations to create a complex impression. The compositions are stark and without adornments. I use a lot of white/negative space and reduce all expression to a minimum - forcing the reader/ viewer to complete the picture in their own mind based on their own present emotional landscape.
The result is a multilayered interpretation not unlike the experience we all have as we get to realize people.