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Artist Statement for Requiem:
Requiem is a lament for the dead, an elegy, a poem for the suffering of the dead.
The idea of Requiem derives from my grief for the world around us. The outrageous amount of death from Covid, the wars, gun violence, the displacement of refuges, the loss of biodiversity, extinction of species and climate change. It is an elegy for the dead, suffering, and the passage of time, along with all its hardships for humanity and the natural world. I aim to create a body of work that encompasses the pains of our fleeting and evolutionary existence on the planet. The common denominator for all: death.
I view trees as gentle beings that silently observing, vessel witnessing our failings. Therefore, it feels natural to use them as an extension or hybrid of ourselves. I use branches and tree trunks as a vessel to explore our cruelty through flesh, decay, natural science, and biology. I incorporate elements such as blood, wounds, scars, bones, fungi, mummies, fossils, botanical drawings, and insect pinning's in great detail to create an intimate connection with each piece.
My signature dark backgrounds, present in all my works, are well suited for Requiem as they symbolize loneliness and the idea of looking into the abyss of infinity and the unknown.
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