We like to surround ourselves with beauty. It calms us, it makes us feel good and gives us joy.
But we also like to be seen and heard. We like to be taken seriously and we like to be treated with respect. We often need encouragement and sometimes even a litte push to get or keep us going because, you know, tough times. We all need a good laugh to loosen us up or get our minds off things. We also all need clothes to dress us and occasionally help make a statement, too.
All of the above are my reasons to create. Put a powerful statement, an encouragement, a funny scene, a motto on the wall for the words to be there when you need them. Decorate a shirt with a statement, so everyone can see where you're coming from.
I love art that makes me think.
I love art that makes me smile.
I love art that conveys an emotional message.
I also love beautiful things but in my own art I value all of the above higher than the common "pretty". And, honestly, there are so many excellent artists out there to create beautiful pictures.
Since the beginning of 2021 I work mainly with linoleum and rubber printing blocks in sizes ranging between thumbnail up to A3 ( roughly 30 x40 cm).
There is this lovely imperfection to handmade prints and the combination of different inks and paper (or fabric) adds to the possibilities of this technique.