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.
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.