纸板上艺术- 平凡中的诗意

Mine is the art of residual reprocessing, the transformation of waste - scavenged from my environment - into a kind of visual poetry. My feeling - that beauty is concealed in everything for those who wish to see it - is of course a luxury. Though it is also a mentality, based on the urge to create: a freedom of the imagination and the universal capacity for improvisation, which has shaped the face of Western art for more than a century.

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.