- What is important to me in my work is the identity that is hidden behind so-called reality. I search for a bridge from the given present to the invisible, rather as a famous cabalist once said, ‘If you wish to grasp the invisible, penetrate as deeply as possible into the visible’.
* Max Beckmann, a statement on the task on painting to make the invisible visible: ‘On my painting’, public speech, London, 21 July 1938; as quoted in ”Max Beckmann”, Stephan Lackner, Bonfini Press Corporation, Naefels, Switzerland, 1983, p. 77
I have always been drawn back to the work of Max Beckman because it touches on some of what I try to do in my own work. I feel a connection to the way he creates form in his painting. They feel like sculpture as much as they do paintings. I also feel a strong interplay between the physical world and the spiritual world here. The paintings become like a touchstone between these two parallel worlds - and proof that the invisible one exists. These artworks are all haunting in the best way, difficult to understand and yet magnetic in their sheer beauty and deep feeling.