The first question everyone asked me was what kind of technique I used. The paintings are made with spray paints and mixed media to help mimic various textures. That’s one of the reasons why the exhibition is called ‘Unter die Haut’ (Beneath the Skin).
This last year was a pure roller coaster ride and I used art to process everything that has happened. I really enjoy when people tell me what they see in the paintings but many people also asked what my thoughts behind the individual pieces are. I don’t wanna give away too much but I do wanna share some of the stories behind the artwork.
The first painting I’d like to showcase is called ‘Sweet Blood’. This piece is about learning that I have Diabetes Type I earlier this year. (Sorry for the shitty resolution but this one was a bitch to take a photo of.)
Another one of my favorites is called ‘Small Steps’. After my break-up one year ago, my life seemed to fall apart. Not only did I lose my partner and my best friend, but I was also in bad shape, I felt unhealthy and didn’t know what to do with my life. Then, I remembered what I had once learned in therapy: find a place to start and move forward, one step at a time. So, I did.
‘Forgotten Fears’ is commemorating the post-break-up time where I was dating again for the first time in years. My fear HIV, which almost seemed to have gone away while I was in a relationship, reignited and I found myself having to confront myself with it again.
This one’s called ‘Distant Memories’ and commemorates multiple experiences. First, all the good times I’ve had with my ex-boyfriend that seemed so tainted after all the drama we’ve had. I also thought about people who have once been so important and how they just disappear. I hate that we lose friends as we grow older but I guess we’ll always have fading memories of the good days.
Now, that you heard my thoughts behind this collection, I’d also love to hear your guys’ thoughts on how you’d interpret what you’ve just seen. It’s always amazing so see how the work reflects on another person.
If you’re interested in any of the artwork, by clicking here you can find more info, sizes and prices. All paintings are available for shipping (standard rates apply) and will be hanging at café vergissmeinnicht until October 18th (Griesgasse 26, 8020 Graz, Tuesday till Friday from 11AM to 7PM).