lives and works in Berlin, Germany
2004 Diploma at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences faculty of illustration and design
Already in my childhood for me, drawing has been a very important tool for expression. During my studies of graphic arts and up to the present it has still remained indispensable. Besides Drawing I make paper collages. Since the beginning of 2016, I am working intensively on a series of analog collages with the material I find in vintage magazines (and books) from the early 20th century up to the beginning of the 1970s.
My collection of old photos I have been collecting for more than twelve years now is a side project and has grown up to a great archive of images, which actually was intended as inspirational material for my drawings. But out of this pool developed a series of digital photomontages, a series of mirrored worlds. I have always had a fascination for mirrored images and twins ("der unheimliche Doppelgänger", folie à deux) these subjects reappear in my work from time to time.
After a very obsessive phase of making collages I am recently working on a series of graphite drawings again (more information will follow). In parallel, I keep on going with my collages, which became an integral part of my work.
The process of collage making is very associative and imaginative. One of the most playful and inspiring techniques that suits me very well. The possibility to switch quickly back and forth between various working steps ( searching, cutting, composing, reflecting and assembling) fits perfectly to my restlessness, my endless searching. My whole studio is full of cut out images lying around waiting for transformation, a kind of organized chaos. I love to immerse in diverse worlds simultaneously ( into a forest, a palace, a sleeping room, a volcano, a ship at sea, a church, a battlefield or the surface of another planet and more), and to choose the performers for the scenery and to imagine dramas that could happen in those places. It is a magical and very satisfying moment when pieces from diverse contexts fuses together as if they just had been waiting to unite and something takes form that is substantial for me. Assembling the material I am trying to compose a surreal or an enigmatic atmosphere. I want my images narrating about human nature, especially about the unspoken and the unacknowledged (like suppressed feelings, the skeletons in the closet and what else is swept under the carpet). In my work I set a focus on human contradictions and chasms unveiled or behind facades, dealing with topics such as fear, cruelty, loss and the longing for salvation. I prefer images that evoke a moment of discomfort or mysteriousness made in the visual language of fairy tales and dreams (sometimes nightmares), surreal and poetic.
Most of the time I feel like an extremely curious, restless and overwhelmed child. As long as I can remember I have had highly intensive emotions and a great imagination hand in hand with a strong inner urge to express myself. I guess working as an artist is my attempt to deal with the flood of conflicting information and emotions and to digest the absurdity of human behavior and life in general. My motivation for creative expression arises from the unease being thrown into this great mystery, called existence, where the line between happiness and desperation, between beauty and terror, between sanity and madness, is very thin. And it arises also from "mein stetes Bangen" my constant fear for life, the hopelessness to escape death. Trapped for a brief moment between two infinities, against which I can do nothing ... but to live with my inner resistance, my despair, my insatiable need to understand and searching for truth. Making art is an opportunity to express what I am aware of but not able to put in words, and I guess also to express what I do not know. Creating my own visual world is a liberating act and a strategy for survival. Maybe it is a compensation to feel powerless and restricted most of the time facing the conditions of life. In Art, we can celebrate the power of imagination to overcome limitations and this is essential for me.
08.02. - 11.03.2018 Drawing Exhibition of the European Artist-Group AKROMA, Arsenals Exhibition Hall of the Latvian Museum of Art, Riga
21.-25.03.2018 AKROMA, Drawing Group show, Paris
05.05. - 26.05.2018 Group show Monsters of Drawing, Feinkunst Krüger Gallery, Hamburg
2017 "AKROMA - 50 artistes européens- exposition de dessins" drawing groupshow, paris, silent art auction-the drawing hub fundraiser show, the drawing hub, berlin, groupshow friendly capitalism lounge vol.16, neurotitan gallery, berlin
2016 “frida´s wall of small arts” frida Galerie München, “anonymous drawings” Kunstverein Rüsselsheim
2015 “anonymous drawings” touring exhibition, Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, artQ13, Rom, Galerie GEYSO20, Braunschweig
2013 “instant cosmic”, sedan showroom, Kyoto, japan, “ABC of tragedy”, spring#10, frappant, hamburg
2012 “don´t wake daddy – apocalypse how”, feinkunst krüger gallery, hamburg
2009 “OCHO-numero atomico”, rojo group show, rojo artspace, barcelona, “OCHO-delicate nature”, rojo group show, gallery kalpany, milano
“alter ego”, spring group show, neurotitan gallery, berlin
2008 “10 jahre feinkunst krüger”, westwerk gallery, hamburg, “mit der nase in die zukunft”, fb69 gallery, münster
transpop gallery, kyoto, japan, “junge rheinland-pfälzer künstlerinnen und künstler - emy-roeder preis 2008”, kunstverein ludwigshafen a.rh.
“alter ego”, spring#5 bookrelease & exhibition, hinterconti & vorwerkstift, hamburg
2007 “don’t wake daddy 2”, feinkunst krüger gallery & raum 21 gallery, hamburg, “garten eden”, spring#4 bookrelease & exhibition, hinterconti & vorwerkstift, hamburg,
“garten eden”, spring#4 bookrelease & exhibition, neurotitan gallery, berlin, “o stone be not so”, revolver-gallery, düsseldorf, manga museum, kyoto, japan
2006 “sprung zurück”, spring - best of, kubasta, hamburg, “special places”, spring#3 bookrelease & exhibition, hinterconti & markthof, hamburg,
illustrative berlin 06, kunsthallen am pfefferberg, Berlin, atelier & künstler, rhein neckar kreis touring exhibition
solo exhibition, “les fantomes de ...” , feinkunst krüger gallery, hamburg
2005 “wandlungen”, spring#2 bookrelease & exhibition, markthof & vorwerkstift, hamburg, junge rheinland-pfälzer künstlerinnen und künstler - emy-roeder preis 2005, kunstverein ludwigshafen a.rh.
2004 “echolot 2”, erotic art museum, hamburg, “nachstellungen”, spring#1 bookrelease & exhibition, kunststück gallery, hamburg , “folie a deux”, diploma presentation, haw-hamburg
2002 “fairy tales”, fumetto festival, luzern, switzerland, “shakespeare und andere märchen”, kunsthalle in anklam
sammlung des landes rheinland-pfalz, ministerium für wissenschaft, weiterbildung, forschung und kultur