The images show the many different interests I have, although nature certainly plays the biggest role (not obviously in the submitted pictures). This is sometimes a problem because artists are always expected to concentrate and focus on little. As if the world consisted of only a few topics and then only certain ones. You HAVE to take a stand for environmentalism, discrimination, animal welfare, etc., otherwise it’s not art. But I often ask myself, when I see pictures of old masters, today famous artists, if they always painted (e.g.), because they wanted to position themselves, or if they didn’t just do it out of an inner urge and simply had a sense for aesthetics in the broadest sense.
There are some images, a kind of project, that are about pollution. These are my pictures ‘things in…’. It’s garbage that I find everywhere in the streets, in the woods, in the fields, and it bothers and annoys me because I don’t understand it and I’ve been brought up to put my garbage in a trash can. And yes, I have a political opinion. But to date, I’m not interested in expressing that artistically. I love change, and I love working on – mostly inconsequential – images and wringing something beautiful or interesting or funny out of them. It usually doesn’t take much effort on my part. It rarely takes me long to work on an image and I tend to be guided by intuition, even though I often have an idea beforehand. When a picture is finished, I think about the title.
Sometimes it comes to me during the process or – like the sunday delight pictures – it fits into an already existing series. Language is very important to me and I cannot deal with titles that are without any connection to the image. Which, so to speak, only reveal themselves to the artist. Very few titles – at least this is the feedback I get – are not comprehensible to the viewer.
The images can stand on their own, but for me they are immovably linked to the titles. I also write poetry and, earlier, song lyrics. There it is similar. Once I’ve heard a piece, a story emerges in my head. Then I first look for the title and then I start with the actual lyrics. Once the title is there, I can’t separate the piece from it. Not even from the story. It’s the same with the images.