“I have always been attracted by my surrounding nature. Forms of the landscape, shades of colour, the shadows and lights resonate heavily in my body. I enjoy long walks trying to get lost in the woods and most good ideas seem to have arisen from these kind of interactions and conversations. I deeply believe that ultimately all life on earth is connected to each other in some way and that we should live accordingly.
My main material interests are light and space, though I also work with whatever methods and techniques I currently find suitable.
As a material light can be manipulated in many ways, but whatever I do it still seems like something I just can’t really grasp. This is true for both artificial and natural light. This being/not being quality of light is endlessly fascinating. Our visual perception is not just what we see, it’s also how we look and how we interpret and understand our perception. Questions of how particular things themselves are perceived is thus also central for my works. I try to find forms, shapes and colors, ideas or simply matter that interests and moves me and bring it forward for the viewer to hold.
Sometimes the created or found objects become the focus in itself. Sometimes what it represents. Sometimes a realisation of a moment right now, where I am alive and experiencing myself experiencing, is the goal in itself.
The greatest beauty I’ve witnessed is always a show by nature. A sunrise over a calm ocean, a quiet forest in the middle of winter, raging storms by the north atlantic, towering cumulonimbus clouds, or the emergence of the first bees after winter. The examples are as abundant as moments themselves, without ever getting used up, old or boring, no matter how many times I’m there. In terms of light the sun and it’s reflections is the light and darkness that eventually every other light source inevitably is compared to, whatever the purpose.
This I also strive for in my work. The ability to appear and disappear as effortlessly as a setting sun or speeding tsunami after a meteor. To build an atmosphere to enter that later continues beyond the actual work and brings something new into a context that is personal not only for me but hopefully also for the spectator. So that we can find connections together.
All of this ties itself around thoughts on time and what it is now/then/tomorrow.
Artists Statement Suomeksi
Työskentelyni pohjaa tällä hetkellä vahvasti maailman ja maailmassa olemassaolon ihmettelyyn. Teokseni ovat eräänlaisia (usein) visuaalisia verbalisointeja minua askarruttavista kysymyksistä, esimerkiksi luonnontieteiden, havainnon, mielen, tilan ja erityisesti ajan innoittamina. Työskentelyni selkärankana on jo kauan toiminut valon ja varjon havainto, värit ja näiden suhde toisiinsa. Tällä hetkellä töitäni läpäisee temaattisella tasolla myös vahvasti ihmisen vaikutus maapallon muuttuviin ekosysteemeihin. Työskentelen monialaisesti niin valon, maalauksen, videon, valokuvan, veistoksen, tekstin, installaation kuin näiden erilaisten yhdistelmien parissa yrittäen samalla muistaa että tärkeintä on kuitenkin hengitys.