In all works, one should be able to read something within. A feeling. Energy. A story. A movement. An experience.
Rooting from my background, I approach the world from the perspective of a communicator, author, and writer and so this is the main aspect informing my artistic practice, too. In the center of my work stands language as a way of expression. Language then, through the work, gets a shape as either verbal or visual.
Form follows the initial stimulus and motivation in my case, and the determining factor for which language of expression will be used is based on the complexity of what I'm about to communicate. Simply put, all that's too complex to be put into words is finding its way of expression in the visual language of abstraction, inspired by abstract expressionist strategies.
Therefore I use the medium of painting for all I cannot or struggle to express in a verbal way. From a complex emotion, though the hardly describable qualities of the flow state experience, to ways how I perceive certain sounds. The sensory modality of sound is shaping the landscape of many of my works within the painting medium. This reflects states of synesthesia — experiencing one sensory modality (sound) through another (visual) and vice versa. The sounds are mainly of my painting instruments themselves, the sounds they create during work. What I like to use instead of traditional tools to connect myself more to the natural qualities of this world are instruments of natural character, found or collected from nature during my travels or in my nearest forests.
Objects and their manipulation/installation is done intuitively, unfolding instinctually like a jigsaw puzzle without rules or limits. A process that creates room for information hidden in subconsciousness to come to the surface, becoming clear to the conscious mind. This work usually has many layers of personal meaning, however, I'm choosing to keep these interpretations to myself with an aim to grant this space for the personal interpretations of the perceivers too, allowing them to assign their own layers of meaning and reflect their own stories to the work.
Naturally, verbal language in written form is used for all standing still and clear, everything possible to describe formally by writing.
The intuitive choice for black, dark blue, and blue, at times red color, just as the use of graphite pencil is correlated to the most frequent ways how we perceive text in printed or hand-written form. The same applies to my continual use of paper, which can be seen in my work more often than canvas. For it is the paper that has been playing an integral role in written language and communication. Something that might become a phenomenon of the past, while I, just like many of my peers, still hold a sentimental value to it, from its material qualities to again, sensory modalities such as the sound it creates within work, to different smells of different kinds of paper.
These languages as my forms of expression may sometimes cross in a single art piece.
When it comes to topics and themes of interest, my work is undoubtedly very personal and I often choose to explore authentic self-expression, subjects like duality, the paradoxes in life, the polarity; and how these create conflicts, whether internally or within relationships with others and our surrounding environment. The theme of psychology and mental health has become essential in my personal life and therefore something of a deep impact on my artistic practice as well.
While some might do the work to bring attention to big and important life and world issues, I create my artwork simply to share all the vulnerable as I believe, that’s the key element driving positive change, within self and consequently within the world. I like to create from the very edge when asking whether it just might be too much of me to be sharing openly. That is when the most authentic, honest, and vulnerable work is done. That is, in the end, all that I can offer to this world. Not to solve nor teach, but to show. To show and maybe inspire some in knowing it’s okay to show, too.