My latest work is a series gouaches on cardboard packaging, using the corresponding brand names (IKEA, LIPTON, AÌ MEĬ TEÌ etcetera) as titles for the pieces.
A cardboard box, taken apart and stripped back to its original flat shape, is an inexhaustible mine of possibilities for the artist.
My procedure is simple. I take the box apart and stretch it flat – in the same way as a hunter might stress the hide of an animal - with the inside out. Then I start to prepare the composition by folding over every single pliable part in every possible direction and draw its contours on the surface of the main body. In this way a pattern comes into existence, an interplay of shapes and shadow forms. Then I begin to paint, using color to bring the composition to life. In this way, I use the latent possibilities of an ordinary cardboard box to create visual poetry.