Artist Statement

My latest work is a series of large, densely hued paintings which are cut out and glued together to create various visual planes. The paintings are composed of a number of layers of watercolors mounted on other watercolors. The resulting enlarged images and moody atmospheres are an attempt to create an eerie, disquieting transcendence, drawing the viewer into an inner world of emotional and sensual conflict.

In this body of work, viewers are encouraged to participate in the paintings as an ‘absent presence’. The large scale and sensuality of the medium draw the viewer into each staged situation. The objects or people are placed in multi-layered and sometimes ambiguous settings, reminiscent of stage settings where symbolic levels are presented to the audience using backdrops. The viewer may experience an emotional potpourri, and the makeup of the experience may vary depending on the individual’s base associations with the symbols.

People and objects in modern society are often found out of context or alienated from predictable settings – life is complicated and so are the often conflicting emotions we experience. The paintings are about these conflicting emotions and the necessity to produce one´s own metaphysical symbols, one´s own myths, spirituality. Yet the hope and peace in the paintings seems to lie beyond the barriers, abysses or ambiguity, hence the conflict. The contrasts, hard and soft, dark and light, warm and cold, peaceful and threatening, are juxtaposed against each other, giving resonance to an outwardly simple painting.

With dense watercolor pigment, textured treatment of the surfaces and offbeat compositional schemes, I try to stretch the watercolor medium with respect to content, technique and scale, reversing the ‘precious’ attributes usually associated with watercolor as a medium.