1981 born in Swabia, Germany
 
1997-2000 graphic designer, Carl-Hofer-School of arts and crafts, Karlsruhe
 
2002-2008 master`s degree in graphic art and painting, Art Academy Karlsruhe
 
2014-2015 teacher`s degree in aesthetical education, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
 
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway

 

I consider the process of drawing (the emergence of a drawing as well as the mental process), to be the most relevant part of my work. What interests me most about making art, is the dialogue between subject and object, the phenomenological experience, the immersion in the work, the inward facing vision. Most of my motifs are solitary, often organic objects. Detached from any background or decorative elements, they float freely in the space of the paper. My drawings may or may not be connected to literature and philosophy, but I am little concerned with creating metaphors. I try to apply phenomenology instead of illustrating something written about it. To me, this is to map objects as what they appear, and to experience their apparition. A certain connection to scientific illustrations is obvious and quite deliberate. The examination of the respective object on its nature and structure, the emphasis on individual and special features as well as the accuracy in craftsmanship. An essential style element of my smaller as well as my large-scale drawings is hatching/cross hatching. These drawing techniques require a lot of time which, in turn, makes the work process an even more important key factor.
 
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In his later years, the philosopher Martin Heidegger claimed that only a god could save us. Which may surprise a bit. He, though being raised catholic, actually had a rather reserved opinion on religiosity. Instead of god or gods as conscious entities, he chose to portray a "causa sui", a very basis of being. In the famous Spiegel interview, however, he said that our only hope for salvation would be to prepare a readiness for the appearance, or the absence of a god during our decline. This readiness is prepared "through thinking and poetizing". So that in the end, if the god does not appear, we could at least decline in the face of his absence. (Heidegger, Spiegel, 05/31/1976). "The absent god" is the topic of my current work. I find it essential and inevitable to think this terrible and liberating thought of groundlessness in existence. Thinking and poetizing is the only purpose. It is all we have.