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My central theme is the human figure and its multidimensional aspects. I am eager to translate the questions of today into a language of form – using the artistic vocabulary of today, in other words to be „witness of our times“.

Like many artists I am used to work in cycles, but it`s obvious that works are interchanging.

My starting point was the working group „Figured Out“. I selected the English expression, because there is no German word as meaningful as „figured out“: scrutinizing, considering, burning for, looking for relations, analizing ... Working with the material, with volumes, space and light ... Some figures take me a month or more.

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The 2nd large group of works that would be unthinkable without the 1., is called "Back to Stone". Looking for the essence, the "core", I have condensed the forms and compacted, that is beaten, pressed and reduced in blocks, squares and other geometric shapes. It was in a sense the reverse sculptural way: Michelangelo said he had never created a character, she was already in the stone, he only had to liberate. I, however, give my characters the stone back - back to Stone. Quote Maria Geszler: "Michelangelo knocks stone - Ucki knocks into it."

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The search for clear contours led to the new series "Cut Figures". These are cut in the half-length figures and figures on their distinctive lines of movement. By looking through it creates an extra dimension.

Another example of my concept of compaction is called "Figures in Frames" - I pressed my figures into metal frame, as a reference to personal, individual constraints and external circumstances which affect the freedom of people, prune, hinder their developments.

In my large-format portraits I am not searching for 1 : 1 figures, but a compressed expression of personality - with all its rough edges.
And in cooperation with other artistic personalities (Italian painter, Chinese sculptor) by the artistic exchange newly-inspired works came into being.
 
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