and the Fever-night-creeper
between here and there: The topic of this post first came about in reflection on dreams and waking up. One could consider “Here” as the normal state and “There” as the dream world. When we awaken, we are still surrounded by fragments of dreams, and we are between “There” and “Here.” Where does “There” begin and where does “Here” end? This post is related to these questions and more.
In my last post, I presented an image titled “Come Back into the Light.” It was actually from a series entitled “Exit”. I have added a new work to this series that I would like to show first. However, I won’t write much about it.
Exit – leaving Here for There
Not Here – Not There
As an artist, I worry that I paint too pleasingly. The idea of creating images in the hope of fulfilling other people’s expectations has always been anathema to me. But in art, there are certain criteria that are of great importance. The extent to which an artist is able to not only ignore the criteria but also to overcome them and thus reach a different level of perception and representation has always fascinated me. Hence my deep admiration for painters like Van Gogh, Picasso, Basquiat, and Gerhard Richter. However, whether I have the quality to achieve that myself is another matter. But we need goals that we want to move towards.
Still Here – soon There
The following sheet is also a new addition and is part of “The Magic Sea” project. The scene is set in the area where the water first washes around the land mass and finally swallows it whole. This area would be a very central topic in the project because it is highly dramatic. The choice of colors is intended to underline the impending danger.
At an advanced age, trying to see through a child's eyes, and even more so to paint with them, presents its own unique challenge. Of course, there is no point in trying to imitate children or studying pictures of children. The image I'm sharing today, which shouldn't be taken too seriously, is a good example of how I approach this topic.
The small child, who has had to stay in bed for a few days, wakes up in the morning feeling distraught. It was frightened by the fever-night creeper
. And even hours later, when the child is still talking about it, the mother/father suggests that the child should paint the fever-night creeper
. Painting and drawing are excellent ways to make trauma disappear. That's how I painted this creeper with a child's eyes from the neck.