“Revolutionary personalities” is the theme of this work.
Revolutionary in the sense of a shift. A shift that still plays a role today.
In this painting, I have constructed realism in such a way that if you look from a distance your eyes see a familiar picture. If you walk towards the work, reality slips away and you don’t actually realise that you perceive it as realism. It’s this contrariety that fascinates me.
It’s like a way of writing: You pull words apart, insert strange words and create a new point of view.
With this work, I’m demanding more of the observer than with many of my previous works, as seeing reality is often more difficult: You might stop looking because it approaches reality, which you think you recognise. If you look superficially at the people in this work, then you completely miss the depth I’ve given them. You have to read it. This is a novel.
Writers are storytellers. What I want to tell in this work is that the many pieces in the faces make up the people’s skin and make the work three dimensional in an emotional sense. You can read it.
The abstraction lies not in the way I’ve portrayed these people, but in the way they think, which I have worked into their clothing and approached in a totally different way for each person.