I think of my artworks as a representation of a state of mind, an emotion or indeed the lack of emotion. Based on my own experiences and my own thoughts as a female in today’s society, my subject matter is to bring out reflections and fragments of truths. By combining anonymous figures with typography and patterns, I create a visual world based on the ideas of emotional content and the wish to evoke thought with my audience.
Over the time I have learnt to not be obsessive over details, and I try to stay as intuitive as possible when starting a new piece. This allows me to better capture what I want to say with the piece, and thought of composition and neatness come later when the time has come to clean up the mess and perfect the artwork.
I usually work with mixed media, and I always start with pencils and pens, or photography. Continuing with watercolours or acrylics, I also bring collage into the process. When I recognise the need to start cleaning up my artwork, I scan it and continue the process digitally.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I have always loved graphic novels and fine art. From my education in fine arts I was introduced to tactile artists like Cy Twombly and Anselm Kiefer, and my paintings are often more experimental in terms of the materials used than my drawings.
Discovering great cover illustrations in bookstores I found amazing artists like Dave McKean, Barron Storey, David Mack and Bill Sienkiewicz. The tactile approach to the making of images is common for all of them and it further inspired my use of collage, either traditionally and hands on, or digitally, and I also believe in adding content by removal, and by keeping my approach to figures stripped of personality.
I enjoy finding new meanings and perceptions in strange combinations, and in addition to working towards exhibitions one of my current projects include a graphic book, where my cut and paste approach to images will be the same as to text and words, leading the reader into their own interpretations rather than mine.