Short note on making

(personal reminder) “Culture is not a territory to be won or lost but a resource we are called to steward with care. Culture is a garden to be cultivated.” Makoto Fujimura ‘Cultivating the garden?!’, ‘what antiquated nonsense’, you might say … ‘Isn’t it all supposed to be gender-race-political-eco-art these days?’ And of course: If these…

Short note on talent

The following is quoted from: Creative Authenticity: 16 Principles to Clarify and Deepen Your Artistic Vision, by Ian Roberts I think the best definition of talent I’ve ever heard is Whistler’s: “The ability to do hard work in a consistently constructive direction over a long period of time.” Nothing about natural gifts or genius. Just…

«A world of ice»

In April I started a small series of paintings, all 30 x 30 cm, on cradled wood panels. From the very beginning there was this feeling of something frozen, of ice and snow showing up. I say “show up”, because that what themes do in my paintings. For me one of the greatest surprises turning…

profound distraction

“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.” — Julio Cortazar BODEN, WAND, ECKE, RAUM (1970) – Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI (diffusion RMN) © Klaus Rinke

Chuta Kimura

The discovery of a new painter is like the discovery of a new world “I would like someday to make a pilgrimage to Clos-Saint-Pierre, but only because the marvellous drawings of it by the Japanese painter Chuta Kimura so enchant my vision that I cannot take my eyes of them when I see them.”  —…

«Skating to Antarctica»

Last year I visited Svalbard, Spitsbergen – so I have had a glimps of the Arctic. It was unbelievably beautiful – unimaginable, actually. The Antarctica on the other hand: for me: pure fiction … … and so still a great place for my imagination to roam free in. I’ve started a new series, it looks…

Small shifts

As I am nearing the end of my #100dayproject things are starting to shift. Up until now my project has been restricted by firm rules: one print a day, every print made by printing local flora on the pages of a given book. But now, with only 15 more days to go, stringency is faltering – as if…

visual nature writing

I am currently working on a series of small landscapes, using my local surroundings as “starting-off-point“ – but trying to move in the direction of more abstraction. Starting with collage of hand-painted papers (limited palette) Working across with more painterly marks. At the moment these small panels (30×30 cm) are all in the very beginning,…

One day at a time

It’s growing slowly – but still I’m actually halfway there …! I have finished the first fifty days of my 100 day project. These are a few of my prints from the last ten days: For day 41 to 50 I used Vinca minor (lesser periwinkle – dwarf periwinkle – creeping myrtle) as my object. Being evergreen it…