The changing landscape

My sketchbooks do not make up a smooth, continuous series, as at different times in my career the sketchbook has played different roles. What I enjoyed was the density of the little tomes, the way I could fill each page with detail. My dedication made them precious, and this feeling has never left me.

Sketchbooks are and have been a way of keeping my practice going, when I had no other creative outlet.

Since the late 90s, sketchbooks have become increasingly important to me. I carry one with me most of the time. My sketchbooks are a rough-hewn poetry and a place where I can discuss ideas with myself.

I regularly flick through old sketchbooks and revisit ideas at their very first glimmer. My sketchbook can be an archive of daft notions that later become art.

A sketchbook for me is a sacred artefact. The density of thought, the love of art and the sheer number of man-hours in each one load them with huge meaning and memory for me. I know I could never sell them. Curiously, this is one of the reasons sketchbooks have become so vital to me today. Between the covers I feel safe – the drawings need never be seen by anyone but me – and thus I can play.

The drawings show how I have understood and reinvented for myself the German landscape. Always with me in all my travels they shape the map of what I’ve seen and how I think. They reflect my presence in this country. A confirmation of that I was there: but that “there“ is not a specific place anymore, it is a collaged fluxus between places. Bringing all of the books together and feeling the weight of all the pages, presents another presence of myself. A subjective mind cartography from Germany, of “my Germany”.

 

 

Fragmented Landscapes, 2016
Ink drawings on paper 33 x 21 cm
Price: 350€ each

 

Ink drawings on paper 27 x 35,5 cm.
Price: 400€ each