For all those times I wasn’t there
This painting is part of the series “Let’s talk about human beings” where I depict the encounter between two or more bodies, in order to talk about intimacy and the personal growth which takes place between them. I’m interested in the mechanism in which we recognise ourselves within the other, as if we were mirrors through which we reflect each other’s identity.
The naked body has always embodied a strong symbolism in the history of art, and specific gestures performed by the body have been used to communicate different ideas, whether they were religious, political or social. Following on from the classical idea about the naked body, which was initiated by Roman and Greek Art and then continued in the Renaissance, my work wants to redeem the symbolic element of the representation of the body. I do this by depicting bodies performing everyday interactions and the emotions these entail. Continuing the history of working with life models, I want to restore a poetic relationship with the body – where it is looked upon as something not necessarily sexual, but as a unifying commonality between us all.