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The view of a slice of meat inspires me to paint and to create objects. It was the still life with slices of salmon from Goya that gave me the or… Read More
The view of a slice of meat inspires me to paint and to create objects. It was the still life with slices of salmon from Goya that gave me the original idea. I bought at the butcher slices of several different kinds of meat: chuck, bacon, ham, pork chops, and haunch meat with skin. These became my models. I took a photograph of them and then I traced them on a paper and made templates of the same shape. Based on the templates I cut out the form of the meats from paper. On these pieces I made pencil and watercolor sketches. Then I repeated the process with wood instead of paper. I polished the wood pieces to the form of the templates, coated them, and then painted with oil on them. Here I still followed the original sight of the meat pieces. The previously made pencil sketches and photos were useful now, since the original „model” has rotted by the time the wooden pieces were prepared to be painted. Upon beginning the pencil sketches I realised that though the shapes of the pieces are given, I can vary around what is going on inside the shape. I did not have to „copy” the exact original image. In order to be able to recreate the same visual experience, I only had to follow the given structure of the meats' texture. Since these were pencil drawings, coloring was not a concern. I understood the image now, there was no need to actually be looking at more meat. My two large pictures were not made according to any actual model, two slices of meat exactly like these never existed. I knew how to assemble the details, I was familiar with the colors I had to use and I knew what kind of surface to make in order to recreate the spectacle of a slice of meat, even if it is a 2.5 meter one. Read Less
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Theportrayal of "meat" or "flesh" are constantlypresent as the objects of my paintings. Food has been a pictorialtheme throughout art history. This theme has a social relevance but Iam not interested in it. I am primarily interested in the sight andthe pictorial issues. I stand on the side of neighter the vegetariansor the meat-eaters. I do not attempt to formulate a public serviceannouncement, I do not criticize, but reflect on the topic from myown point of view. The object of the picture does not necessarilycarry criticism or a world view. I doubt that anybody would believefor example that Archimboldo was vegetarian.

The motivationfor my pictures of meat slices also came from a personal story. Mygrandfather was a hunter and he often brought home various game meatand sometimes even live animals for us to prepare. This was always apeculiar operation, because we lived in an old, middle-class downtownapartment. Lacking space, we often processed the larger pieces ofmeat in our bathroom. We slaughtered quails in our bathtub and oncewe processed half a pig there. I am not dealing with these subjectsright now, but I might paint these pictures sometimes in the future.These early stories are not explanations of my pictures. I did notchoose my topic out of nostalgic memory, but as a conscious choice asa painter, to pose a modern artistic question.


Theview of a slice of meat inspires me to paint and to create objects.
Haunch meat with skin
oil- fibreboard
150 cm x 250 cm
Chuck
oil- fibreboard
150 cm x 250 cm
Haunch meat with skin- detail
oil- fibreboard
Haunch meat with skin- detail
oil- fibreboard
Chuck- detail
oil- fibreboard
Chuck- detail
oil- fibreboard
Chuck
oil- wood
16 cm
Pork chops
oil- wood
15 cm
Ham
oil- wood
11 cm
Chuck with bone
oil- wood
17 cm
Bacon
oil- wood
16 cm
Lead pencil- wood
24 cm
Lead pencil- wood
24 cm
Lead pencil- wood
24 cm
Lead pencil- primed canvas
30 cm x 40 cm
Lead pencil- primed canvas
30 cm x 40 cm
Lead pencil- primed canvas
30 cm x 40 cm
Watercolor- paper

Lead pencil- paper
Watercolor- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Watercolor- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Watercolor- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Watercolor- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Watercolor- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Lead pencil- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Lead pencil- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Lead pencil- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Lead pencil- paper
21 cm x 30 cm
Lead pencil- paper
21 cm x 30 cm