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Power of images and their combinations. Therefore all kinds of diversions. As well in music, sounds or films. Playing with elements, to make it mine.

In Collage, I like to watch every picture as the point of departure for a story. Various duration, gathered in one. to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed. Sometimes further to a decision. Mostly random.

the obsession of collecting disparate images from books, old magazines and other found material becomes as much a part of the emerging image as the mark-making. A piece often becomes about the search and desire to combine those emergent narrative symbols that seem charged with a familiar yet distant emotion.

When successful, all the elements fall together with irony and tension while all other realities are obliterated, leaving the viewer as participant inside the picture, with his own codes and connections. The image then carries the weight of a personal reality. Most important, the final image actually gains a significant evocative quality I could not have expressed in any other way.

Paul KLee / Max Ernst / Magritte / Jean Tinguely / Jiri Kolar / Dali / Pollock / Kurt Schwitters / Jean Arp / Basquiat / Braque / Hannah Höch / Kandinsky / Picasso / Picabia / Miro / Mondrian / Naum Gabo / Luc Tuymans / Pol Bury / Christian Marclay / Arisman marshall / Aaron Funk / Gilles Deleuze / Jun Takahashi / Leslie Zhang / Tom McCarthy / Existentialists / Dadaists / Cubists / Constructivists / abstractionnists & everything else.

"Collage is a supersensitive and scrupulously accurate instrument, similar to a seismograph, which is able to record the exact amount of the possibility of human happiness at any period. "Max Ernst. Quoted in Saranne Alexandrian Surrealist Art (1970).