Leaving my comfort zone

I’ve been working systematically in sketchbooks for nearly 4 years, starting out doing urban sketching, which I like a lot! (My background as an architecture student in the late 1980’ probably unconsciously steered me in this direction when I now, many years later, wanted to take up art). Wanting a stronger sense of authenticity in…

A keepsake

Possibilities I prefer movies.I prefer cats.I prefer the oaks along the Warta.I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.I prefer myself liking peopleto myself loving mankind.I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.I prefer the color green.I prefer not to maintainthat reason is to blame for everything.I prefer exceptions.I prefer to leave early.I prefer…

New unlikely places –

I’m still here, in this world of unlikely places. My plan for these new micro-paintings, was to stay in the abstract. To focus on colour and dynamic lines. But the thing with art, I have recently discovered, is that the maker is only partly in control, sometimes it feels like the object has a life…

Unlikely places –

Although mapping is a method of gathering, ordering and recording knowledge, all maps are to some extent the products of imagination. No map is ever the truly objective description of a place that it purports to be.  Maps are designed as aids or guides for those undertaking journeys.  There is an inherent narrative aspect to…

«Nature Loves To Hide»

my week in painting – visual brief In the beginning things look rather nice and tidy – but nice & tidy is no longer my goal After layer upon layer with collage and paint … and more paint … and all kinds of scribbling — the time comes to wrap it up. This is as…

to make art is always also a political action

Born in Chicago, where he continues to live and work, Theaster Gates has received widespread international recognition for his projects of social transformation and legacy building. Believing in art as a guiding force to incite change, his art occupies the space of art and urban planning, encompassing sculpture, ceramics, painting, music, video and performance. In…

A letter for Moran

«There is nothing more to tell. The house was empty. The company had cut off the light. They have offered to let me have it back. But I told them they could keep it.» —Samuel Beckett: Molloy

From representational drawing to invented worlds

My recent shift from drawing to painting has not only led to a shift in form, but also, as it turns out, a shift in content. When painting, my focus is no longer on the observed outer world, as it is when I am doing urban sketching, croquis or floral studies. When painting my focus…

A week in St Ives

I’m in St. Ives as a student. Working with my own art and studying masters. St. Ives has historically been a very important place for many artists — my favorites amongst them being Virginia Woolf & Barbara Hepworth. There is a Tate Museum here. An there is the wonderful Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden…