14 Feb 2017, 2:27 p.m. | Archive
The series "That's Another Story" consists of nine paintings, based on the Belgian artist Rene Magritte and the American artist Edward Hopper, exploring how surrealism meets loneliness.
The series started with a simple idea, to combine the realist Hopper with the surrealist Magritte into a new story. I wanted to create pieces that the viewer would find both familiar and new. An invitation to imagine their own story for each painting.
As the paintings took shape, I realised that the combination of Hopper and Magritte also reflected my situation living in a foreign place, far from home.
You see a person or an animal that is out of place, looking at an environment into which it doesn’t really belong. The grumpy pig, the white horse, the man painting into the air, they all superficially fit into the image, and you can imagine a story for them.
But looking at them, I feel a bit sad. It seems to me that they are in the world, but not part of it, looking for a connection.
I still see carefree playfulness in these paintings - the bright colours, the juxtaposition of the real and the surreal - but I also see an undercurrent of loneliness.