Nature has always had a special place in my heart. Its ambience, its colors, its shapes. Anything I make, is created with my endless fascination for nature, space and everything that wasn’t artificially made. In my project ‘UNFILTERED’, I am visualising my interest and fascination for nature.
WHY DID I CHOOSE NATURE
Nature doesn’t stop. It doesn’t pretend to be nice to get what it wants. It also doesn’t try to make itself more beautiful by undergoing plastic surgery, dressing a certain way or getting a tattoo to impress others. Nature is a thing, to some people an unreachable person or a concept, or maybe even a God. To me, it’s somewhere between a mother figure and a beautiful, magical spirit we can go back to at the end of a long day, just like how you go to talk to your favorite person when you need to be cheered up.
Nature is all sorts of things to me – it’s dreamy, it’s a way for me to see things that make me sad from a fresh perspective, it’s unreachable but reachable at the same time, it’s beautiful and it’s raw. Yet this doesn’t distract me from the fact that nature is incredibly cruel. It’s the way life was meant. Every life comes to an end, some sooner than others. That’s also why death really isn’t so scary to me: it’s natural and exactly how it’s supposed to be. This doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be absolutely heartbroken for a very long time if it would ever happen to someone I love – it just allows me to to cope with these kinds of sad things.
HOW IT STARTED OFF
This project started as a school assignment for my portfolio, but it grew out to be way more than just that. The assignment was to pick a picture of an artwork the teacher laid out on the table for us. I was the only one who picked ‘Baby’ by Ron Mueck. I liked it, because it’s realistic and raw – it’s quite literally a huge, realistic, newborn baby. I used to have this phase, that stopped to exist in 2018, where I absolutely loved realistic drawing. I think this is one of the reasons why exactly this statue spoke to me.
A close up of my first try, a colorful portrait of ‘Baby’. This is acrylic paint on regular printing paper. Everything you see on the picture has been 100% impulsive. I really tried to go with my feelings, rather than painting what’s visible, like I used to do back in 2018 and before.