Fractal*. Because I am amazed about how you can find the structures, the elements, the laws of nature everywhere, if you only dig deep enough. Because I am amazed about how complicated things can get when one diverges from those patterns. Because I am amazed about its splendering and mysterious beauty, once it is (re)(dis) covered.
Which means : an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance, something outstanding of its kind, something excellent.
I really love this word not only for its meaning but also for the sound of the word, the sound and the meaning fits perfectly together.
For me lollapaloozas are all the outstanding impressions you can find in a completely common environment. We are so used to all these hyper-realistic and artificial images, that sometimes I have the feeling like people just don’t see the “lollapaloozas” of the nature anymore, but there are so many small things that can be so beautiful, like the movement of trees in the wind or the magnificent movements of an elephant walking.
At the same time you can use it as a question, Lollapalooza? is it Lollapalooza to modify animals genetically?”
“My medium is ballpoint pen, marker, and acrylics. I used to feel a little weird about the ballpoint pen; that I should be using something more “artistic” like graphite, but when I would try, it never felt right. As someone quite clumsy, I didn’t like something I could accidentally wipe off with my hand. And it didn’t look right to me. Another artist once asked me if I worried about ballpoint pen being archival. It took me AGES, after years of trying different things, to accept that I just love drawing in ballpoint pen. I don’t CARE if it’s archival or “fine art.” I love it, and have learned to accept that it’s just my style. I draw in ballpoint pen, add lots of fine crosshatching and shading, color in Prismacolor markers or Sharpies, and fine-tune in acrylics. That’s what makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy.
Another way “acceptance” is big to me is in allowing my 4-year old daughter to add to my illustrations. Acceptance, to me, means not worrying about what WILL or COULD BE, but just enjoying the beauty of things, things while they ARE.”
"Because I see art as a manifestation of ideas. A manifestation can also be a "happening" or "ceremony". I’m very much interested in the role of art at ceremonies or celebrations like carnival, New Years Eve, funerals and football matches. In my work I refer a lot to ceremonial architecture like triumph arches, floats and stadiums. I hope that I and other artists can take back the central position "we" used to have during this kind of manifestations.”
“In this time it is a word with a lot of meaning. I feel this word relates to this time we now are confronted with. Something that is not intentionally chosen. But with it comes reflection and in it lies so much beauty. Modesty is a challenge sometimes. But it is so important for it faces us with the earth under our feet.”