The nature of my work
My artwork consists mainly of charcoal and pencil drawings, prints and watercolours of different sizes.
The drawings have a figurative, narrative atmosphere and show a world in which often-unexpected relations between different elements confront the viewer with unclear feelings and certain confusion. The finely crafted drawings have a disquieting, dreamlike quality.
The work is not so much influenced by the art historical context, but is more related to a wider view of human experience, relations between cultures and relations between the self and other. The protagonists, whether human or animal, are enigmatic, elusive and seem absorbed in another world.
I draw inspiration from personal experiences, different cultures, anthropology, mythology, literature and photography.
They main focus in recent years has been video. I currently have 5 videos finished and about 5 more that need to be finished. Hand held, as if to ensure the 'hand' of 'touch' of the artist is still visible, like how in a drawing you can trace the artist's decision in the pencil traces on the paper. The video's subjects vary from horses, to windows, to the ocean. The video's are poetic moving images of subjects that captivate me. Some are more narrative that others. Some are purely aesthetic. Visual poetry.
In the drawings the image is not the elaboration of a pre-thought idea, but is largely determined by the process of drawing itself. A typical harmony evolves in the drawings in spite of the seemingly incoherent elements; multiple perspectives, proportions, scales and styles of drawing are used in one drawing. In the end, the quality of the drawing in itself is equally important to its subject or ‘story’. Composition and use of material thus play an important role in the constitution of meaning.
The drawings try to document the memory of a continuous longing.
In my' recent drawings, there is no more figurative representation and thereby the line of thought is liberated. This can be seen in my drawings made in 2016, 'The Old man and the Sea series'. These pencil drawings are closely related to the videos made in the same year; 'Horsebath' and 'I could just drift, he thought, and sleep'. Inspired by Hemingway's novel; The Old man and the sea.