My work is characterized by contrasts - the juxtaposition of opposites on several levels - which is recognized throughout my paintings. Fine detail, drawn lines and meticulously painted shapes clash with bold brushstrokes, spatters and blurred contours. Soft organic shapes and multifaceted figures meet hard, calculated geometric abstractions.
The world I depict is not a physical location in space and time. It is an inner world, a world where thought, emotion and raw cognition defines not only the figures, but also the space they inhabit.
For me the creative process is a key to that inner, psychological world - balancing on the border of the conscious and subconscious and revolving around themes like how we relate to the world we live in, the definition of “self” contra the surrounding world, our bodily integrity and mortality.
My work often deals with issues such as alienation, loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable inner harmony. In general I am very interested in the inner life of people and that carries through in the way my figures turn out. Their various disfigurements, missing body parts and multiple angles is a symbol of their psychology and cognitive mechanisms.
Labels such as “existential surrealism” or “psychological realism” have often been used about my work - which I think describes it well. I aim to make art that not only tells about me, but also speaks to the viewer and is open to interpretation - that can contain meaning that I myself have not foreseen.
My process is one of dialogue, applying, revisiting, destroying and creating. My favorite medium is acrylic paint - it dries fast suiting both my temperament and my technique very well. I don’t like to wait too long in between adding layers of paint to my work.
In the process I strive to obtain a balance - on the border of the conscious and subconscious, where i react and paint without too much reflection, alternated with more reflected and controlled decisions.
I apply multiple layers, adding and removing elements and I work directly on the canvas, drawing my sketches up with paint or charcoal. I often include charcoal and pencil drawings in several layers, resulting in a more sensitive and fragile “feel”.
Painting over parts, making mistakes and getting lost is a very important part of my process. Although frustrating at times, getting lost and loosing the overview allows for unforeseen and unusual ideas to emerge. For me creativity is as much about tearing down and destroying as it is about creating and building up. This also means that the final work is the result of the process rather than a planned image.
Towards the end of the process I add the finer detail, finishing highlights and shading and cleaning up certain lines and areas. You often find traces of the process itself in a finished work: The structure of layered paint, delicate pencil work, the raw smudged charcoal lines and layers intertwined and partially exposed.
Since my process is cyclic it is also endless - I will often revisit already “finished work” and rework it all over again, giving it a new dimension and adding to the historicity of the work.