This statement is subject to constant change.
Can one develop a deeper understanding of things soley by dealing with their surface and appearance? This pseudo-scientific and analytical approach is essential to most of my artwork. A majority of my work consists of landscapes from the area around my parents' current home in Bonn, Germany. I try to create a realistic interpretation of these places in hope of evoking the same sublimity in the viewer that I had experienced. As a soldier's child I grew up as a nomad, constantly moving in a three-year rhythm and dreading the question so often asked: Where are you from? Identity is relative. It is no coincidence that landscape painting flourished in the 19th century within Germany (Düsseldorf School of Painting) and the United States (Hudson River School) at a time when both countries were searching for identity. I too am searching for identity within my surroundings.
Can an object be elevated by devoting countless hours of labour to its unique depiction in a time of endless reproduction and constant availability? Another part of my work consists of watercolor studies of various natural artefacts that cross my path and could possibly have been found in a 16th-18th century Wunderkammer. The scientific illustrations of Maria Sibylla Merian, Ernst Haeckel or Alexander von Humboldt for instance, are of great inspiration to me.
Most recently I have also been exploring the figure, creating contemporary works that seem reminiscent of familiar iconic images from art history such as portraits by Memling, greco-roman sculptures and baroque figures suspended in mid-air.
Landscape. Curiosity. Memory. God is in the detail.