What does your work aim to say? And how does your work comment on current social issues?
To me, it is the people I depict that add darkness and complexity to the cheerful tone of my paintings. The contrast between the stylized, high-impact representation of the setting and the ordinary people participating in the western consumer dream, represent a commentary and raise questions on western society and its social fabric.
What’s your method of working?
I usually take pictures with my camera/cell phone, whatever’s handy at the time. Also, sometimes I collect images from magazines that catch my eye. I frequently use patterns from my childhood memories, such as my grandmother’s bed sheets or tablecloths. I only focus on very particular parts of them and I use elements form my imagination on the same theme. I paint the details from memory. When I begin to work on the blank canvas, I only have a vague idea of what I’m going to do. I add all the extra elements during the process, according to what I feel that the painting itself is asking me to add.
Who are your biggest influences?
Manet, Eric Fischl, Tatler magazine, LA