2 Erasing The Mask

This category represents the crossover series ‘Erasing The Mask’ made in the years 2018-2019.

After depicting the mask I began focussing on the abstract part of my paintings slowly changing and erasing the figuration I used to form my paintings.

I work in shapes, colors and textures, where even the smallest detail which might seem random, has a huge importance. Shapes that search the body, turning slightly erotic with the tactility of the thick texture in the paint.

The inner natural desires you always possess no matter how hard you try to control and cover it up, fascinates me.
How we let go of the control through nightly escapism speaks to me and is a constant inspiration.

I work with emotions: Fear, anxiety, boredom, absence, presence, escape, love, lust, the will to go on, live, die…
I paint icons for these emotions, talismans – empowering them and letting them absorb me.

I worked in masks – what we keep inside or cover up by the veil of our public masks.
I picture what is underneath the masks – moving energy and flow – a stream of our essence that we desperately try to hold together through struggling, just before we maybe, through life and realization, will try to let go.

I researched relations within and relations between people.

I criticize what society makes us forget.
I criticize what we have become.
I search for a way to live in these times.

I want you to feel!

I’ve been zooming past figuration.
Zooming past the mask and into what’s within the known figure.
I’m trying to force you to look beyond what you know and recognize.
I’m trying to make you take a deeper look into my old paintings as well as the new ones, but also yourself.
Through abstraction I’m trying to guide you only letting you dwell with the flow, energy, texture, color, tactility and expression.

I am erasing the mask – slowly but steady.
A last goodbye to the mask, before I completely erase it!