Internet is perceived as a place of relative freedom and expression, but also as a place of great paradox.
Almost everyone owns a smartphone nowadays and is able to take pictures freely without even being noticed. These pictures often contain intimate details.
The snapshot pictures are then uploaded and immortalised on sites where everyone can view them up close. These snapshot images are taken in a split second.
They might show a moment of coincidental honesty and could offer a beautiful composition. It are these kind of images that dominate the internet and feeds the needs of a voyeuristic internet crowd.
The coming of the smartphone with its pinhead sized camera also introduces us to things like ‘selfies’ and ‘phone behaviour’, which ensures we have a phone in our hands at all times. One of the perks of being online 24/7.
This photographic material serves as a starting point for my work for quite some time now.
It all started out with ink drawings of Google street view images and self-portraits. The internet is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, delivered right to my doorstep. Behind the screen of my computer I can criticize and condemn people safely with the click of a mouse.
As an artist with access to this overload of information I can do as I please. When I paint these images I manipulate and change them, but sometimes these images are perfect the way they are.
My paintings are quite small and refer to artisan miniatures. The many hours I spend fabricating a painting are quite paradoxical if you consider that the worthless inspirational image only took seconds to make.
I like to research and experiment how I can translate these images into a visual work. Also I find the thought fascinating of a painting being unique and irreproducible in contrast to the internet images.
The scale emphasizes the voyeuristic nature of the internet, people have to look real closely to take in all the details. People recognise the images and situations of 21st century life. They take them in and judge them, just like they do in front of their computer screen.
I am guilty of this internet behaviour as well and not solely negative about this ´new internet culture´. Therefore I appear in some of my works in the form of a self-portrait character.