How important is chance within your work?
I am very much drawn to abstract art but over the last couple of months I decided that there is just good painting and bad painting or … Just painting or just art. When it’s proper painting ( or art), then it doesn’t matter if it’s figurative or non figurative… that is what I think. Apart from that, chance and error play a part in any kind of painting( art), don’t they?! If the artist takes his/her art seriously, he or she will evolve and experiment. It always depends to what degree you are willing to take a risk, in life and in your art. It’s hard to fight against this desire to be comfortable. But ultimately it is worth it I think, I mean not to be too comfortable. I’d also say that at the heart of any ( good) painting lies a certain passion, a desire, an urge and also a feeling of ‘malaise’. Why is it that we paint or make art? We are super sensitive people and we need to create our own universe where we can live, meander, live by our own rules, overcome them. We are looking for the sublime and the monsters simultaneously.
What’s your setup like at the studio?
It ́s very chaotic and messy. I am not a tidy person but in general I try and make an effort in daily life. But in the studio, I leave my brushes in big pots without cleaning them after I used them. They basically “live and regenerate“ in those pots until I use them again. Paint tubes are scattered on the floor. And pieces of old clothes which I use to wipe my brushes on. I have a comfy sofa which is very important, a smallish kitchen so I can make tea and coffee and cook a bit of food, a fridge, chairs, tables where my books are piling up on. That ́s it. Oh and I have a old cupboard where I hide the white chocolate away. It ́s my hidden vice, that white stuff.