Why did you pick this picture?
I picked it because it´s radical. For me it conveys a strong message and it is also a mixture of old school art and something modern. My other paintings are more subtle and lighter, they are about love, nature and light. Without the blood it would ´only´be a mountain, which is ok, but with it there is a strong message.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
A friend of mine got very heartbroken. He was empty and half-dead and I remembered this feeling when I split up last time. After I did it, the whole pressure faded and I got a massive nosebleeds, but I felt so relieved. Somehow my pain and everything could get transformed. I was so much lighter. As nature is transforming ´bad´things – like for example trees and plants absorbing CO2 and transforming it to O2 – this is happenig on this painting. I sometimes think that it needs a mountain to absorb all the pain that exists in this world our in someone´s live.
What does this art mean to you?
For me it is like a page in a diary. It is over, but I know how it feels and I was remembered, when I saw my friend. I thought that maybe it says something to someone, that´s why I made it.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I am bergbub, which means boy from the mountain. I was born in Germany and have been sent to the mountains in Switzerland after a pneumonia. I stayed there with my family and grandpartents to recover. I was only 7 years old, but I felt the energy of the alps and I saw the beauty of our nature. I was recovering very fast and I remember running down a hill at the foot of mountain Matterhorn. Everything was blue and green and I thought I could fly. I couldn´t, but I still have a scar as a souvenir. I love this scar, because it reminds me that life is beautiful.
I also work as an energy therapist and I live in Berlin and in Zurich, which is fantastic. Zurich is small and beautiful, Berlin is – like its reputation – wild and open.
What more can you tell us about your art?
I obviously love mountains, but it´s also about about feelings, that can get (hopefully) conveyed. ´In case you think that the sun ain’t gonna shine anymore´ for example is about self-love. No drama, only a mountain and light. The mountains on my paintings do not exist and I don´t care about perfection.
My grandpartens had a big influence. My grandfather was an alpinist and a very good photographer. I got some photographs from the 40ies he made, when he has passed away. These photographs are stunning and have had an impact for sure. I also spent a lot of time with them in the mountains.
There will be a larger influence of my work as an energy therapist in my current work. I also do abstract and geometric paintings, but at the moment it is mostly about mountains.
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