In museums a feeling often overcomes me that paintings are fighting amongst themselves for first place. One painting is even more illusionistic and painted more skilfully than the other. In the next hall paintings are fighting it out to decide which is the most modern. Is it really necessary for a painting to impress? Is it necessary for an artist to impress? After all, a painting is nothing more than a background with something on it.
In my work I show a threshold world. A world recognizable as ours, but at the same time withdrawing itself through the simplification of the set, the use of only a few colours and to some extent, the primitive manner of painting. Emptiness is clearly present in the paintings. The few elements, which form the set, seem to float there. The emptiness is the background, a space, or that which is unknown.
In this way, my paintings sometimes seem like monochromes, in which the players and attributes are isolated.
Fragments of reality, dreams or memories are used to compose this world. This does not come without ups and downs. On the contrary. I frequently start with a clear picture of what I want. Through hesitations and rejections a surface arises where colours, structures and layers come into existence that could not be planned beforehand. At the same time this is a beautiful basis for my world. On this background it is possible that a casually found image, suddenly fits perfectly.
Besides paintings, I make sculptures. I like to do this, which frees me from the total fixation on painting. I think it is good to do both disciplines. The set, which first only took place in the painting, now also carries itself forward into works shown within a space.