Artist Statement, September 2022

 

In my paintings, the forest is the ground in which I place my figures.

The forest as a natural and living space, symbol of identity, backdrop of numerous fairy tales and legends, retreat, a place full of secrets and without overview, ambiguous. Behind each tree can hide both, a wicked witch and a fairy godmother. Close opposites between blossoming life and decomposition and death are recurring themes in my paintings. Here I try to explore balance and create harmony. The squirrel Ratatösk from the Edda, who continually jumps back and forth between the opposing forces of the eagle in the top of the world tree and the dragon at its roots, has become my alter ego.

 

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