Painting as writing, writing as painting
The more I paint, the more I try to let pictures create themselves through me, interfering just enough to make sure that my concerns are expressed in a contemporary and accurate fashion. This approach fills me with humility as well as with a tremendous feeling of power. Paintings or drawings? Canvas or paper? Wait, isn't this a print? I simply follow my impulses and the stream of my consciousness.
The energy that I naturally possess must find outlets. In my paintings, this energy materializes itself as free and bold - even frantic - movements and colors. Finding my way is a matter of staying out of the way. If this means Abstract Expressionism, so be it.
Writing has always been an essential part of my life. I have written to earn a living and written to express myself in the literary realm. So it is not surprising that writing has sneaked into my painting - and almost invaded it in fact - in the form of stenciled letters, cursive letters, or graffitti-like lines. Maybe that is why paper often seems like an obvious choice, aside from the fact that it allows me to borrow very simple and direct techniques from printmaking.
In my works, the squiggles, the letters, the writing, always represent a word, a discourse. Often times, the titles hint to or explain that. That word is diverse and polymorph. It might refer to litterature, to the crafts of writing, to political matters, to (un)communication, to science, etc. With this representations of dicourse, I may support or denounce, admire or despise or, most often, just observe what is.
I often seem to erase, scratch off or cover the marks I already made more than I paint per se. But the paint that has once been laid on a support never totally disappears, like sound is supposed to travel forever and ever in the universe. So my paintings bear and tell stories, stories made of numerous layers or iterations, stories that the viewers have to discover, read and recreate for themselves.
Samourai, mixed media on yupo paper glued on canvas, mounted on
wooden frame, 36 in. X 48 in., 2016