In my study years at the Academy I’ve learned different film and video techniques. I became intrigued with something called ‘live action’ film and experimented a lot: I like to create my own backgrounds, puppets, costumes etcetera. I find the use of mixed media immportant to bring any of my stories alive.
HOW HENRY HARLINGTON LOST HIS MIND, 2021
‘How Henry Harlington Lost His Mind’
Song: ‘Karma Police’, Radiohead.
A short video about the effects of isolation.
CAT, DEER, SQUID (and Tiny Fish), 2020
‘Cat, Deer, Squid (and Tiny Fish)’
The characters were part of an interactive live-action story. I asked some followers of my Instagram what characters I should create. It ended up in a playful way to show how easy video shorts can exist from someone’s fantasy and how little you’ll need. The short film was around 5 minutes long and only existed within the interaction. I wanted it to expire, as stories do.
With the live-action video Nocturne I used different materials to create a personal narrative to point these structures out. I wanted to find a unity between these materials, one cohesion in which the live-action film can set my paintings in motion. The film shows edited and handmade puppets with a sinister appearance. It’s the way I sometimes look at people around me, from self-protection. The triptych of A Prima Vista (At First Sight) I painted straight from my memory. As the original meaning of Nocturne refers to a romantic, dreamy musical composition, the project would rather be the opposite of it: it brings unease.
The fact I met these men has made me realize as an artist to distinguish between the harsh, dark reality and our lavish imagination.
A movie without a name.
Song: ‘Drag Queen’, The Strokes.
In the summer of 2016, I listened to this song for the first time. The lyrics made me think about transgender people. When you feel like your body doesn’t belong to you, it’s the worst thing that could ever happen. Some drag queens love to entertain and are great performers at night. But there are also a few individuals who want to change to the opposite sex and endure psychological struggles to find acceptance. I feel like it’s a forgotten group in society. Or they suddenly appear in the news when we protest for gay rights. Because sadly, it isn’t accepted by everyone in this world yet. I can only say, the song makes me want to break free of the basic standards.
ONE BORN EVERY MINUTE, 2016
“What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.” ― W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand