By bike in 15 minutes in beautiful nature: the Duvenstedter Brook, a nature reserve with always beautiful impressions, depending on the season and light conditions. I love this area, here my heart rises!
Land of the Fire Mountains
Lava, primeval landscapes have grabbed me since we were in Iceland. Back to the forces of nature and guessing their primeval powers. To feel that nature develops its own powers and is sensitive at the same time. I was fascinated by the lava fields and the lava rocks. It also fits to my painting, this primal, direct and immediate.
Under this name I have processed pictures from Normandy, Brittany, Sylt, Crete and Poland. A broadly diversified bouquet. It is the deep impression that makes me create a picture, even if it is "only" a North German avenue. I want to penetrate the motif and give the picture my inner mood.
Especially with the painting "Am Frischen Haff mit den Gedanken an 45" : This standing at the Frischen Haff - on our trip to Poland - has captured me. All of us who were standing there were very calm with the thought of 45 - what happened there at this place, on this ground! How the people fled across the lagoon in winter and were attacked by Russian bombers..., the suffering, the need was almost tangible. This deep impression made me - when I arrived home - immediately put up a big canvas and ground it with terracotta colors. The painting flowed out of me until I noticed that it was finished.
We are here
In 2015, when so many fugitives came to us, I wanted to help and gave German lessons for 2 years. I tried not only to teach the language, but also to consider it a great challenge to explain life situations, even difficult ones, in simple terms. It was always interesting and exciting. During the 2-year course I also dealt with different refugee situations in a painterly way. After these 2 years of experience I asked my students if I could paint them. They immediately agreed and that is how these large portraits came about. I wanted to depict them in a big way and give them a face.
Christopher Street Day (CSD)
During a visit to Cologne I had the opportunity to experience the lush, colorful and exuberant parade of the CSDs. This moved me to capture these colorful and sometimes screeching sequences in pictures. I wanted to capture not only the exuberant, but also the sometimes weird and grotesque. I am still enthusiastic about the exuberance that "celebrates itself". I feel this as such a special energy, and this is where the sometimes grotesque is captured, because it shows courage and vitality.
Portraits have always interested me. To bring people's faces so close together that one can sense their individuality, otherness and distinctiveness. I myself have painted myself again and again in different phases of my life. Here is a series in oil (I especially love this material!) from the year 2020, the year which stands for Corona. I think that everyone in the lockdown has also gone inside.
To bring a landscape theme, outer experienced landscapes and inner felt landscapes into the agreement of a picture.
Starting from my view out of my studio window, one looks at a field. I realized the impressions "in front of my door".
On the dry
On a trip to Greece, I discovered old boats that were "on dry land" as bizarre and not made for this situation. Boats are built for the water, that is their element. The way they lay there, so misplaced, has caused me to represent the strangeness of the boats in another element.
Country instead of city
Not only my decision to move away from the big city and to feel more at home in the countryside made me think about this topic. Furthermore, friends of ours have an old beautiful heather farm with about 12 different buildings, sheds, stables, silos etc. and I have always been impressed by it. This beautiful ensemble of interrelated buildings, which have been maintained and preserved over the years and decades, prompted me to turn to this project.
Especially the Honey House, which very visibly determines the atmosphere on the farm, I not only drew and painted several times, but also translated it into three dimensions with different materials (like wood, cardboard, plasticine and wire).
After our trips to India, the big trucks are among the things I remember. They are usually very well dressed up and put into scene. The individual design, the blaze of colors, the exuberance have caused me to capture these monsters in my pictures.
If you travel a lot, you have to wait a lot! So I took advantage of this time of waiting and observed other people waiting.
Our trip to Iceland and Greenland has left deep traces and impressions on me. Iceland is a lava country with many craters and unspoilt areas, which are overgrown with moss and small plants. But Iceland is also sulfur holes, geysers and waterfalls. All pictures are primed red, because you can feel the fire under the soles of your feet.
The Inuit houses of Greenland have a special energy, you can feel the hard survival and the cold in the dark season. Nevertheless, in summer they seem to be partly colorful and cheerfully set on the rocks.
I have saved my over 100 years old teddy bear, with which my mother played as a child. He deserves to be put into scene and to show his "expression" in ever new surroundings.
The colorfulness of the saris and the hard work of the people, but also Excursions and waiting have left picturesque impressions on me.
One of our first trips to Asia took us to Birma/Myanmar. We were confronted with very original and mysterious situations. But the situations were also partly delicate and a little bit dangerous. For example, when we wanted to board a boat, we could only balance with our luggage over a board, without railings. We really liked the friendly people who turned towards us. At morning and dusk, sometimes unreal moods left the impression of specialness.
Search for happiness
St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn with all its neon signs and reflections belong to Hamburg. But also the Hamburg fair, which is located in the immediate vicinity, not only complements my theme, but is ideal for distraction, diversion, immersion and the search for short happiness. This can be found in gambling but also in the intoxication of the rides, in bliss.
Under this topic I show my nude drawings, which I have drawn but also painted over the years. I prime the white paper with colored ink and then set the linear part on the spot with colored pencils or chalk. The colored priming is always a nice suggestion to think about which colored pencils I use to react to it.