portrayal of "meat" or "flesh" are constantly
present as the objects of my paintings. Food has been a pictorial
theme throughout art history. This theme has a social relevance but I
am not interested in it. I am primarily interested in the sight and
the pictorial issues. I stand on the side of neighter the vegetarians
or the meat-eaters. I do not attempt to formulate a public service
announcement, I do not criticize, but reflect on the topic from my
own point of view. The object of the picture does not necessarily
carry criticism or a world view. I doubt that anybody would believe
for example that Archimboldo was vegetarian.
for my pictures of meat slices also came from a personal story. My
grandfather was a hunter and he often brought home various game meat
and sometimes even live animals for us to prepare. This was always a
peculiar operation, because we lived in an old, middle-class downtown
apartment. Lacking space, we often processed the larger pieces of
meat in our bathroom. We slaughtered quails in our bathtub and once
we processed half a pig there. I am not dealing with these subjects
right now, but I might paint these pictures sometimes in the future.
These early stories are not explanations of my pictures. I did not
choose my topic out of nostalgic memory, but as a conscious choice as
a painter, to pose a modern artistic question.
view of a slice of meat inspires me to paint and to create objects.