My works embody liveliness and motion — their lucid beauty deliberately forms a counterpoint to the vicious harshness of contemporary culture and opposes its pain with confidence.
Since my childhood on the North Sea coast, where the ebb and flow of the tides mark the passage of time, I have been shaped by a love of water and art. My fluid technique explores the entanglements of the individual with time and transience and stresses the diffuse boundaries of movement and standstill, overflow and emptiness, constant and volatile components.
After a phase of gestural, dynamic application of water-based paste and inks, the liquids develop a life of their own, unfolding in graceful movements and effortlessly taking up space. During days-long drying processes I dissolve into the suppleness of the color gradients. I aid or slow down their flow — always knowing that my impact is limited by the idiosyncratic element of water. My artistic guidance of the painting’s development is ephemeral. The liquids can either continue and extend my movements or wash them away. And the motion itself becomes its own static image when the water evaporates. Once it’s gone the transparency of the colors is reminiscent of its previous presence, but their shine and radiance point to a new direction: to a bright and colorful future. It is the interplay between memory and projection – the instant when looking back and ahead blend — that fascinates me.
The fluid dynamics of my work flow anchorless over boundaries of space and time and extend into the moment of perception, where they linger like an obituary to the long-gone motion of the creative process.