The Carnival Series has been with me, it seems always.
My grandparent owned a small travelling family carnival called “Amerikansk” in Middlefart Denmark in the early thirties. My father, when just a boy, grew up manning the shooting gallery.
As a child in Germany, I was surrounded by many images and tales of this past fantasy, carnival, circus like life style.
Now in my life, a carnival evokes childhood memories of sadness, of happiness, of surreal feelings, of bright colors yet of extreme darkness. Feelings that sometimes I can only explain in my art work. It’s these feelings of real and unreal that I like to portray.
In my characters, I like to show emotion, strong feelings of happiness, desperation or even sadness.
I work in reverse, backwards, upside down and actually welcome unexpected results.
When subtracting ink, I’m adding to the image. Each Monoprint I start with an idea, drawings, cut out images etc that I use as departure points but then the process of working the inks can take me into a whole new different feeling.
Artist Statement: Billboard and Mannequin Series
I was moved by their overpowering presence looming larger than life. Almost like a parallel existence, that is just there, but does not get acknowledged. Staring at me from all corners.