These paintings are called “Get in line“, it’s a combination of people standing in line for different reasons but combined in one painting. I made three canvases together 6 meters long. But they can also be exhibited individually. I might in future add more canvases to the line. Get in line in English means “To conform, adhere to, or agree with that which is established or generally accepted, such as rules, beliefs, modes of behaviour, etc.” I started out with this painting wanting to learn to paint people and how to capture their spirits and what better way to do it then putting a lot of people together. Once I made the first version I saw its potential and made, eventually, three versions of the line, each time coming closer to what I felt I wanted. This is the third version.
“She searches for the soul of modern man, his relation to the people around him and his moment to moment battle with space and perception, vision and placement, survival and in some cases death. She draws you into her imaginative view of modern absurdity. While at first glance she takes you on a trip into a simplistic landscape, a second look shows a use of image and a philosophical depth that allows the observer to create his own less than comfortable view of the world he inhabits.” It’s a quote from a friend who wrote a text for me for my solo exhibition and it captures very well the meaning of these paintings.
The painting is a microcosm of society, people together and alone, waiting for a bus, a football game, ice-cream, museums, water and food. Body language that shows excitement, boredom, exhaustion, desperation all come together in one piece of work. Our time of globalisation, travel, social media and internet allows a view into other lives. Different cultures spreading to all corners of the world. Get in line is a part of existence we all experience as we become aware through internet and travel about our diversity and richness in culture. A time in which we can get a close look at each other’s interpretations of life, cultural diversity, habits, joys and delicious foods. Get in line the definition means quite the opposite from this, to conform, it’s a threat to diversity when different cultures meet. The masks are inspired by Goya, “the burial of the sardine” and James Ensor, who was so unique in his paintings of the human psyche. As a tribute to him he’s hiding in line on the third canvas. “Ensor est un fou”
Get in Line 170×250 170×150 170×200 oil on canvas 2018