lives and works in Berlin, Germany
2004 Diploma at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences faculty of illustration and design
Since childhood I love to draw. During my studies of graphic arts and up to the present Drawing has remained indispensable. It is still my main medium (graphite, ink and mixed media), but since the beginning of 2016 I am also working intensively on a series of analog collages with original 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 an 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 and 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, they became an integral part of my work.
The process of collagemaking 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 lieing around waiting for transformation, a kind of organized chaos. I love to immerse into 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 further 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 overstimulated, curious and restless child and being an artist is my attempt to deal with the flood of conflicting informations and to digest the absurdity of human behaviour and life in general. My motivation for expression arises from the unease being thrown into this great mystery, 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 and my insatiable need to understand. 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 gives me a sense of freedom and self-determination. 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 and pushes me to continue.
15.-16.12.2017 silent art auction-the drawing hub fundraiser, the drawing hub, berlin
02.12.2017 - 06.01.2018 groupshow friendly capitalism lounge vol.16, neurotitan, berlin
09.02. - 11.03.2018 drawing exhibition of the European artist group AKROMA, Arsenals exhibition hall of the Latvian museum of art, Riga
05.05. - 26.05.2018 groupshow monsters of drawing, Feinkunst Krüger gallery, hamburg
2017 "AKROMA - 50 artistes européens- exposition de dessins" drawing groupshow, paris
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