The sleep metaphor 

Or how can we call it better?! Our biggest fears revealed while sleeping through our dreams.

This sketch is trying to present a mixed set of feelings and emotions related to sleep.

It is not the deepest drawing that can reveal this complexity but it is an attempt.

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From sketch to painting: “My housse”

As I promised in an earlier post, I will present the sketches of some artworks.

The story behind my “housse” is presented and it can be summarised here:

My house is not a house of bricks is a house of thoughts and feelings.
So, here it is… The beginning of this painting. 

Guardians of the heart

This sketch is a map of feelings and emotions the human is experiencing in life. 

It depicts complex features and symbolic elements which highlight them.

The heart carries different complex feelings during life represented by the two masks placed in front. They also have a protective characteristic. They place before the heart as a shell against the outside. 

However they are not strong enough for the wondering heart because life brings different factors which are still able to create an unbalance.

The stone walls depicted are representing an impediment for the heart to reach its purpose. 

The time factor is also in the picture. It has a first role of introducing pressure to the heart. The impression that it is not enough time for the heart to reach its purpose.

The small eyes chained at the bottom of the sketch are the other people. The others who watch the heart’s struggle. There are not too many of these eyes which will support the heart in its pursuit. The majority will just watch from the outside and judge.

This sketch does not have a happy ending for the heart. It will end up torn apart and unable to reach its purpose.

However, time has also a second regenerative role to help the heart heal and re-build its purpose.

Masks

I wrote something !ong time ago about masks.

I must admit that I use this motive quite frequent in my drawings/ paintings.

It is simply because masks have always fascinated me with their duplicity and the mistery they carry.

Now, we can see masks as a fake surface which hides something deep behind.

We can think about masks as a refuge from the outside. 

They can always be related to a wall for feelings which we do not want to share with the world surrounding us.

Masks in my art usually symbolizes hidden feelings and mistery. They are the unknown element of my painting.

Sometimes I use them instead of drawing a face with the idea that anyone can find itself behind the mask in the particular situation described. The painting then will not relate to one character but with each viewer. 

This provides the painting freedom. It does not lock in one single character. On the contrary it opens up to welcome each viewer to experience being behind the mask.

Therefore masks can be seen as a gateway to unlock different experiences depicted in my art.

Dreams, feelings and faith

Cardboard paintings 20 x 25 cm ca.
This collection defines dreams, feeling and faith.
From the dreams man has to the feelings man develops and at last to the faith man will be choosing in life.
The dream keepers are the ones holding fast to the man’s dreams.
The feelings are the masks the man puts on in order to get through life.
The faith is the choices man takes in life dependent on his own dreams and feelings.
From left to right:
  1. Dream keeper night
  2. Dream keeper day
  3. The fortune teller
  4. The Jocker