“I’m not afraid of killing my darlings to get to a higher level.”
Where are you from?
Your style in 3 words?
fast, furious, poetic
Your weakness? Your strength?
Sometimes I can be too fast…
What makes you different?
I’m not afraid of killing my darlings to get to a higher level. Unifying strong gestures and poetic surroundings, transforming and translating everyday objects, and shifting their reality to a mysterious level.
When did you decide to become an artist?
My parents were actors and our house was always like a funny, loud harbor, it´s not that I didn´t enjoy it, but at the end of the day I just wanted to be together with myself and my silent opposite.
Do you choose your art form, or does the form choose you?
Starting from drawing and painting I experimented in many different directions: photography, installation, and performance. Now I can say that to me dealing with a canvas is more challenging. There are no excuses, you have to focus and get to the point straight forward. I like the idea of creating something big with few resources. The more strict the rules are, the more you can break them.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?
What I find fascinating is the moment when all the elements come together at one point in a painting, you can name them one by one, but all together they do something mysteriously magic. I’m fascinated by works that are like questions, they are clear and mysterious at the same time.
A few words about your favorite creation?
Pierre Bonnard, La fenetre ouverte. What I mostly find fascinating in this painting is how the inside and outside melt up to being almost one thing. Looking in and out at the same time. I guess I was more excited than surprised when I realized how powerful it is to see the artwork going out from the surrounding of the quiet, lonesome studio out in the world.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
I’m inspired by the stunning work of German painter Daniel Mohr, we share a studio, and the process of discussing work, and sometimes having some rough, critical dialogues is challenging and nourishing.
Who would you like to work with someday and why?
I would like to work with Tal R, I am fascinated by the poetic simplicity his work is full of.
I love how he translates images in his perceptions, I think he is authentic which is a main assumption in matters of art that interests me.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
That my paintings are good.
2023: Where are we going?
We are heading into very confused times, we might better find out our values and our priorities and stick to them.
Do you think about time as an artist?
Time is an important aspect of my work, you can measure time in a painting, a painting can be fast or slow and you can see time passing on a surface, on layers shining through. You can feel the time you are living in when you look at a painting and it can be out of time and in time. In the end, it should be timeless.
When the going gets tough…
…It´s the best time then, just before things get cleared up. In my working process often there is a phase of research on the canvas, a kind of overloading, constructing, and destroying things until I get to the point I know what to keep and what to leave.
Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, and what will our world look like in 50 years?
A direction where relationships between people get more and more virtual. The experience of connecting to another human being will no longer have something to do with the senses, with perception, but much more with a projection, a representation of something. Also, images will be more and more in motion, fast, I guess observing a canvas, but also focusing on a text, on a movie, will be very difficult for the next generations to come.
What would you do if you could change the World?
If I could change the world I would raise the awareness of people, that everything is connected with the universe. A glass, a table, a human being, everything is energy connected to each other. And that everything is in constant motion and change. I try to make it visible in my paintings, too. I think if more people would see it and would feel part of something bigger the world would be brighter.
What does freedom mean when it comes to art?
The more strict the rules are, like the limit of a canvas the more you can break them.
If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?
I’m not interested in what the universe is expanding to, I’m much more in the here and now, trying to expand in a direction I like.
Tell us about your future plans…
The next project will be in April 2023, the first exhibition of a series called „ Grüne Soße“, an idea we had with Katrin Kampmann and Daniel Mohr. A group show of Berlin-based artists showing paintings that deal with the color green…Our host for the first edition will be Italian gallerist Luisa Catucci, the paintings will be shown in her gallery space in Berlin Neukölln. I’m also preparing a solo show at Hoto, Berlin. Therefore I’m thrilled to work on a series of Still Life paintings and drawings all-around the subjects of dinner scenes, and on a yet secret multidisciplinary idea that will be also shown at the venue.
Your city’s favorite spots?
I love the district where my studio is, the Crelle Kiez, in Schöneberg.
The bridge that is shown in a scene of the Film „Himmel über Berlin“ is just around the corner and walking under that bridge following the former train rails till reaching Gleisdreick Park gives me a good sensation.
I also like a French wine bar in Pohlstraße, „Les Climats“. A gallery I enjoy going to lately is „ChertLüdde“, also very close to my studio in Schöneberg.
A book that everyone should read…
Amelie Nothomb, Stupeurs et tremblements
Last but not least: what is your favorite Song?
At the moment Rose Pink Cadillac, Dope Lemon
One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“