While “Bodies” is about nature, this topic is about culture. My paintings and drawings deal with a collective memory and show collective action, cultural rites and habits. The formation of a group identity and the conflict between a community identity and individualism is one of the themes I am interested in portraying. I investigate group sports in school and as part of politics, rituals and traditions of marriage and of marking the entry into adulthood. My works are about these cultural imprints on our bodies, minds and social behaviours.
In this chapter you find the series Group Sports - No time to Pretend, Holidays at the Pacific Coast, Disneyland.
Les femmes tondues – even if they were criminals…
During my residency in les Ateliers du Plessix-Madeuc in Brittany, I worked on a project on regional history and came into contact with people living in a small village next to our residency, who told me about the occupation of the town through the germans and how during the liberation a few women who had frequented german soldiers, or were thought to have done so, were shaved and two of them hanged. For me it was the first time I heard of the “femmes tondues”. Since then I have been interested in this topic.
NO TIME TO PRETEND
I am interested in the dynamics of group pressure and group identity. I think it is important in- vestigate individuality in the face of conformity or group/societal pressure. Eventhough it seems we are having more freedom than ever, I feel like there is a strong visual force of conformity and at the same time a youth at loss and maybe lacking conformistic movements or unions.
In my paintings I examine the juxtaposition and balance between individuality and societal conformism, group dynamics and individual lonilessness. I would like my paintings to portray the comfort and at the same time the inherent danger of being in a group and losing it’s own identity.