A few weeks ago there was an article about me in the papers, about my art and my journey in Denmark.
Shortly after I was contacted by someone about my art. Somehow based on that article he thought that all of my paintings were of me, which is really not the case and I felt like I wanted to clarify.
I did intentionally try to paint myself once, it turned out ok, but not great. I think I have a difficult face to paint.
This painting, from 2013, I had trouble with the angle of girl on the right, so looked into the mirror for reference. Some friends said that she ended up looking like me, but that was not the idea really.
With photo art, yes, you could say that a photo creation was made, with me being the ‘actor’ in that little visual story. There was an expression here, for sure. A deep struggle, darkness, breaking free, release.
Photo art is a different form of art than paintings or drawings, yet, it still is a form of art to me, and personal expression.
The article also mentioned Dia De Los Muertos! Those who’ve known me the past years know all about this. But for those who may wonder, especially in regards to that article, here’s a little background.
When looking for inspiration, a screenshot caught my attention – it was from Mexico’s Day of the Dead. The color, drama, vibrance and hidden story was exciting to me. I began painting girls with sugar skull face paint. And yes, the streets are filled with people painted just like this, and I think it’s beautiful. (these photos are from Mexico, Dia De Los Muertos)
It was an incredible honor to be invited to show my paintings on this theme, at the Mexican Embassy’s Cultural Center in Copenhagen. In 2013, I brought some sugar skull paintings, then in 2014 I was invited to come with full face paint, in 2015 again I displayed my paintings alongside their amazing altar.
BT talked about color and warmth and yes, this was a huge appeal for me with this theme. I arrived in Denmark in February, and as I drove away from the airport, it seemed that everything was a shade of brown, the trees, the houses. It was cold, but not snowing.
In Mexican art, colors are put together that you wouldn’t really think match — they’re just all there. It gives a feeling of warmth, even when they are celebrating the dead. Maybe I needed that and this is why, even a theme about the dead, made me feel alive.
In 2016, I chose to move away from this theme, to try something different, a new theme and a new medium, but still with a lot of color. More on that in a post soon.