The assemblages explore taboos, erotic symbolism, morbid beauty and the harmony of opposites between mortal and vital, revered and profane, myth and modern tale.
Found objects are re-appropriated and combined with layers of collaged and painted imagery, to create ‘portraits’ or 'abstractions' that aim to transfigure elements of darkness into an aesthetic realm.
Elements of myth always lie between perception and concept: they are signs. This perception—or, the image—is linked with something concrete, whereas the concept can refer to something else, and the potential metaphysical references are unlimited. David Henry Thoreau stated: “The question is not what you look at, it is what you see”
These collaged works are an extension and a natural evolution of my still-life photography work. Some of the themes also served as inspiration for my in my large format portraits, which focused, among other topics, on facial tattoos, prostitution and extreme body modification.