I create vibrant mixed media collages.
They are often tongue-in-cheek comments on human nature, the life we have created for ourselves, values and behaviours that have become entrenched in our collective conscience and the consequences and limitations they entail.
The starting point is, however, almost always randomness.
I don’t choose the characters featuring in my work, they find me. I take my cue from already existing shapes like interesting stains or scuff marks or, more often than not, from the chance results of experiments:
processes such as charring paper or marbling yield unpredictable, organic forms that fuel my imagination and inspire stories that provide a space for the beauty of the accidental.
My way of working is also organic, and playful.
I suspend judgement of good or bad, right and wrong, and try not to force my conditioned, critical mind upon the process and the medium but to respond intuitively. I go with the flow –and with what the critical mind would call mistakes.
Collage allows me to move characters around until they start a dialogue with each other, it’s like a jigsaw. And spray-painting adds a gritty, earthy quality. I go with first attempts because they contain all of the original excitement and energy.
Artistically, I am self-taught. My academic background is in philosophy and languages.
I grew up in in Germany but live and work in Cambridge, UK.