My art deals with boundaries and hierarchies on different levels, with the creation of an in-between space as a potential place of liberation. The key to the discovery of this space is the human body, at which I look without irony or embarrassment.
In my most recent works, I am combining several techniques such as painting, sculpting, performance, video and photography. My aim is to explore the borders between the different media and modes of production. Each work consists of different layers of consecutive but separate production processes. I create a life-size space and place objects and human beings in it; then the space and its inhabitants are photographed and then filmed as a sort of living painting. Thus the final works – photograph and video - include and comprise different layers of understanding and interpretation of the original space reached through the various techniques.
While the chronological order of the production processes suggests a hierarchy between different spaces, my core interest is to dismantle the belief in these hierarchies. In the perception of the spectator, the linear mode of production is intermingled into a simultaneous experience of space in which all the layers can be viewed, raising questions about origin and replica, about reality and illusion and about the different values attributed to them. What is more real – the deformed space I have created, or the photograph reproducing it, or is it the well-known paintings I sometimes use as a matrix for my fictitious spaces?
All of my works also deal with the human body, and in consequence human existence. Placing bodies in spaces which allow the imagination of a freedom of hierarchy and are dismantled from an accompanying system of values mirrors the basic experience of ourselves in postmodern societies, at the same time deliberating and frightening. When the boundaries between reality and illusion, between authentic and fake and between original creation and reproduction disappear, we are left without the judgments and also without the safeties of a fixed framework. But unlike the postmodern secular conception of a blur of all boundaries and safeties, I rather point towards an interpretation of the existence of different simultaneously existing worlds and realities as a potential space of liberation.