My work revolves around the concept of loneliness, alienation and (loss of) identity in a fragmented and turbulent reality.
Particularly the alienation in various forms has my interest and I see the concept from different angles (an internal alienation in relation to body & mind - and social alienation in relation to the outside world). The angle chosen may differ from painting to painting, or several angles may be treated in the same painting.
Recently I have taken an interest in something as concrete as our alienated relationship to death - which is apparent in several recent paintings.
Personally, I have had many thoughts and feelings about the idea of my own death - to such an extent that I have laid sleepless at night. Eventually, these moments, strangely weightless in the dark, somewhere between the awake & not awake, contemplating about mind, body & death, became the starting point and inspiration for this exhibition.
Instead of denying my thoughts and my anxiety, I am observing, describing and treating them in my paintings. However, I do not give any final answers or finished manuals in my work, I set the scene, make innuendo - and then invite for reflection and interpretation.
~ John Reuss