The Color Codes

Orchid - 160 x 107  cmOrchid - 160 x 107 cm

In the series 'The Color Codes', the little beauties that surround us every day are presented as large format fine art prints. The small and by the usual way of viewing perhaps unobserved is shown large,  space-filling, and energetic.

When we look at photos, we mostly do it in a way linked to the shape of the shown object. We see the photo of a tulip and see - a tulip. Everyone has  seen a tulip before and thus has his or her own personal experiences with tulips, good or bad, either way, but always tied to the shape of the tulip. This applies to everything we look at - we connect the shape of what we see with our own experiences and our own associations are awakened. Can this  behaviour be avoided? Probably not, because looking at this or that tulip inevitably opens the  'My-Experiences-With-Tulips-Drawer'. Unfortunately this also runs the risk that one may leave no room for new experiences.  

In this series the 'My-experience-with-xyz-drawer' shall be kept closed as far as possible and thus space for new sensory impressions in the oh-so-familiar shall be made available. Detached from the 'shape-bound' and detached from personal associations with the object shown, the photos are meant to be drawn on a white canvas and not pasted into a previously painted picture. This provides a  chance to let go for a moment, to let the mind rest for a moment and then send it on a spontaneous journey.  

In order to achieve this, the actual shape of the photographed objects are largely removed through   extreme magnification and distortion. Thus something new becomes visible in the familiar - new forms and new nuances of colors.