Please introduce yourself and for those who don’t know, tell us what you do.
I draw, think, feel, travel. I always try to combine complex things creating a flow between them. My work and life is very close to each other and that also makes my work very personal.
How long have you been creating art and how has your practice developed over this period?
When I was young I started by copying Pokemon, then spraying graffiti and then detailed drawing became the core of my work. I now consider those black and white drawings to be my personal corporate identity.
How has Berlin as a city affected your creative process?
I don’t really know how it has affected me, but it sure has. I feel at home when I see plants growing through concrete, or graffiti on fresh painted walls.
Tell us about your collaboration with Farrah Floyd and how it came about.
We met in KHB-Weißensee years ago and became really good friends the moment we decided to not have sex with each other. Since then, we kept in touch and nowadays, I enjoy working with her so much.
Where does your inspiration for new drawings come from? Do you have a muse, or is there perhaps a particular place that invokes creativity?
My current drawings are part of the “travel&draw” series. It means I go to a cool city, then walk around and stop when I like something. I sit on the streets of the city and draw for one to three weeks on a single huge piece of paper. Recently I’ve been travelling to Vietnam and, well, it’s fair to say that I found a muse there.
Two personal favourite pieces of mine are the following:
“LAOS, Travel&Draw” 2016
“Digital act of kindness” 2009
Could you tell us about the inspiration behind these two works?
“LAOS, Travel&Draw”, surprise,I made it in Laos, sitting in the jungle. It’s about discovering what I really don’t like about myself. In my opinion, dark inner places are sources of power that we are still cut off from.
“Digital act of kindness” is a piece I made really long time ago. It has relevance today again as we can caress each other though the touchscreen.
Are there any particular artists or other textile designers who have influenced you?
I still fancy Mc Esher for the mental value and also from the pattern design perspective. But I also love Paul Klee, Schiele is fun too. Besides fine artists I deeply appreciate the work of the Japanese Mangaka Yukito Kishiro, the illustrator of natural patterns Ernst Haeckel, and the worlds of sacred geometry. I want my work to be influential in the very best way. I enjoy to touch people and bring connection. If you like my drawings, it might have worked in some way.
Do you have any exciting projects planned for the future?
Continue collaborating. I’m really looking forward to teaming up for my own and other people’s projects all over the globe! Please feel free to get in touch.