One could see my paintings as photographs, snapshots, or visual cut-outs of a bigger world. The world continues to exist beyond the painting. Into the unknown. More often than not, the creatures that live within my paintings are afraid of the ‘unknown area’ that lies outside of the painting. Other (generally bigger) creatures live in this outside world. There is an interaction between the inside and outside world of the paintings. Therefore, the peripheral areas of the painting are of the utmost importance. In these areas, the creatures crawl into and out of the painting. Some creatures are so big that only one finger could fit within the image. In the work, creatures fight for power and self-enhancement.
In one painting, called ‘masker pakking’, (mask taking/grabbing), a creature finds, chooses and takes a new mask to wear: a new mask as a new ego, a new extension of one’s being. In another painting, a group of snakes attempt to hunt down a large foot belonging to an enormous person. Meanwhile, a catfish is already attacking some of those snakes, and spears are moving towards the catfish. However, nothing would matter if a creature ‘too big to imagine’ would swipe everything out of the painting, with just one movement of the finger.
I am also highly interested in techno-self studies. People becoming godlike creatures through technology. What does it mean to be human? What is part of your being, what is just a tool?
I do not wish to be a total thought dictator. For everyone has a different history and view on reality. The one-to-one relationship between the viewer and the painting is interesting and of great importance. My view on the painting does not represent the absolute truth.samhersbach.nl