In the recent years the changes within the society have been stimulated by globalism and mass media, lifestyles, public and private spaces have been redefined. Where does the media reality and our self reality end and begin, can they even be separated along the time-line of forming our indefinite and ever-changing identities. In my work I draw from psychoanalytic, philosophic and sociological theories, mass culture, writings of Freud, Lacan, Jung, Giddens, Samuel Beckett, Sartre, Camus and many other 20th and 21st century thinkers to reflect upon the border between the self and the public reality.
Our lives are structured by narrative forms, influenced by novels, TV-shows and movies, individuals choose their lifestyles and construct their own narratives, biographies, in which they ideally play the hero.
The projects I create are self-contained worlds, fictional realities, based on characters that become disproportioned caricatures and absurd representations of society and its forms of existence.
Through many levels of representation I display the theatricality within the structure of the story: drawing, photography, sculpture, film, writing, emphasising the narrative dimensions of our lives.
Another defining feature of my work is the combination of classical craftsmanship and modern mediums, used to visually, and not just conceptually, create objects full of symbolism, which gives them the possibility of transcending further, past the point of just being seen as ‘objects’, but become stories and experiences. By visually combining the aesthetics of consumerism and art to depict personal experience, feelings, history, I form an ambiguous yet immediate visual language in reflecting upon the intimacy that today gained new perspectives: public media effaces the human nature and renders our private space and the notion of reality.…Read More
Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University (2008-2012)