My theatre work is characterized by aesthetical images. But behind the beauty I always expose structural violence or physical brutality between the characters.
In my paintings one can detect the same strategy to combine aesthetics and some kind of violence. The portraits of young men are painted on rough uneven surfaces that create random scars spots and lines on their young faces. The scars are not painted as such. They are the consequences of the roughness of the surfaces where the young faces are being painted. As if he rough surfaces were the young men’s hostile environment. Most of the portraits have a melancholic gaze as if they are victims of some kind of cruelty. A few of them try to face the viewer with an offensive regard trying to stand up to the violence they have been subjected to.
The portraits of stones could have an aesthetical potential at the same time, as they are obvious objects of violence. Even the painting of the sunset has an ambiguous element. We don’t really know if the colors are effects of a polluted sky, a forest fire or perhaps it isn’t a sunset at all but the sky over an exploding atomic power plant.