The work is called “Meditation”, and what we see is a head within a stone block, only the face and the back of the head visible, the eyes closed. The stone block is 900-million-year-old Bohus granite. The back of the head is Hallandia gneiss, with internal patterns that roll and move in red, black and white.
Meditation means concentration, thoughts in movement and stillness. The method exists in various cultures and religions worldwide, although they have different names and different symbolic languages. Sustainable health requires shifting between activity and stillness, between being engaged and disengaged. Meditation has proven to have a good effect on stress-related problems.
I see art as an ecology of the senses. A defense of the human, the imperfect, where the slowness of the work allows the expression of thought. The work of the hand and the touch, and the opportunities for personal expression are invaluable and a necessity for life. So is the ability to discover the world and oneself as a human from various perspectives through art, whether you are the artist or the viewer.
In my life in the countryside, with a partially overgrown garden right outside the door, life and death, the eternal cycle, is close at hand. The circular also recurs in various ways in my art, as I often base my works on something I have seen or experienced nearby. Contrasts interest me – making something heavy take flight, playing with scale and blowing up the infinitesimal to a monumental size, placing something softly polished on a rough stone surface.
Stone has a special place in my heart, with its tactile and spiritual qualities, but I work with most techniques, often with sculpture and public performances, sketching and painting.
What does the sculptor think about?
Can thoughts have a colour? What colours are your thoughts right now?
Can thoughts create lines? Do the lines create a pattern?