January 5, 2019
January 5 till 12, 2019
CEAC (Xiamen, China)
This installation combines found material with objects and drawings. The work lingers in between an altar and an archeological site. It’s an area where objects can be investigated on their value and possible usage. The seemingly worthless gains value and purpose through its careful arrangement. While the objects show the traces of being used by an absent body, the present body is reduced to hands, skin and feet.
Originally educated as a painter, my work recently shifted towards multimedia installations. These comprise an arrangement of painted objects, sculptures, drawings, found items, photographic prints and video. Materials in the work share tactile qualities. Organic matter like unfired clay and wood are combined with styrofoam and synthetic fabrics.
Every work derives from the urgency to find a physical form for the elusive. More and more, I draw from my own emotional life and experiences, trusting these personal images to have universal scope. The human body is the main point of focus – both alive and dead, or in transition between the two.
It is a collection of attempts to grasp life and death, to materialize absence, to exile anxieties while trying not to avoid them, to incorporate my own body, to find strength in vulnerability, to deny or enforce gravity, to let go, to touch things I cannot name, to honor doubt and make decisions,to remember being born, to recreate the past and maybe also the present. Attempts to find a physical form for solidified motion, for stored memories of the body, for dreams, for the boundaries between inside and outside, for things that are missing, for things that touch on something fundamental, for things that enter my skin.