By relying on the belief that the true value in art and in life can be discovered through a confrontation with the threatening and the unknown, in my artworks I aim to emphasise the issues that challenge our capacity to understand and that fill us with wonder.
When I was just two years old I was faced with the experience of leaving my home country and starting my life in a different surrounding. Ever since these times, I have always been faced with the reality of having two homes, speaking two or three languages, as I studied in France and am currently living in Germany, and stretching my thoughts and emotions across several countries. These diverse cultural experiences challenged my capacities and questioned my understanding of identity, time and space and they drew my attention to finding reasonable and meaningful connections among these complex and abstract notions. By relying on the power of abstraction and by drawing on the complexities of my personal experience I found my own, visual identity that speaks a universal language and is a tool for non-recognition of mental and physical borders around me.
Aside from these personal and formative experiences, some of my works resonate with literature and the classical cinema. Components of cinema (the interplay between the still and the moving image, the importance of light and shadow, framing and cutting, etc.) have created my sense of what makes a great memorable image. More abstractly, films have affected my idea of information sequencing which means that I am fully aware of the fact that painting demands to express its story at once, but I also aim to prolong the viewing time. For this reason, I am interested in the complexity and the layering of information and I want the viewer to experience my work, not only by looking straight at it but towards, around, into and out of it in order to perceive its complex dimensions.