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Art on Monday 1

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).

Compulsive nonconformist who left the 9-to-5 world after studying psychology and has since then devoted himself to design and writing on a freelance basis. Has at least four different kinds of chips at home at any given time.


  • 1. October 2018

    I think all art is vulnerable a reflection of that same vulnerability in the artist and it’s a brave thing to let people see even if they’ll draw their own conclusions however far from the true story on canvas.
    A theme I see here is a sort of unraveling in between shades of light and dark? Not quite a reckoning but an attempt at reasoning. I’m no good with words sometimes. I really like ‘Forgotten Fears’ and ‘Small Steps’. Thanks for sharing!

    • 4. October 2018

      I don’t even think there’s a ‘true’ story to the canvas. Every interpretation had some kind of validity even if it’s far from what I thought as I did it. I like your interpretation with shade and light and the attempt at reasoning; that’s definitely not very far from what I thought. I think you actually have a good way with words and, coincidentally, those are my favorites too 🙂 Thanks for the thoughful reply!!

  • 1. October 2018

    Thank you for sharing your artwork here and for the background on various pieces. You are very creative! After reading your post last week on the opening of your exhibition, I was hoping for a future post showcasing your work. I appreciate both your talent and this follow-up post. Naked hugs!

    • 4. October 2018

      Thank you very much! Some people asked me for my intentions and so I thought I’d add some thought. I’ll have another one with more pieces ready for next week 🙂 Glad you like the work!

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