Medium: stone and cement
Background: self taught, trial and error
How long have you been a sculptor? ca 10 years
Why did you start sculpting? Originally I started sculpting because I had some shapes in my head for a long time and then I finally got to make them real. My first sculpture was my polar bear, which I still make and sell in different sizes and stones.
The more I tried and practiced, I found sculpting as a way to express thoughts and feelings in an intensity I haven’t known before. By now, new sculptures/shapes basically do themselves, I just start somewhere and the material and hands take over… the process can get quite emotional.
What inspires you? Three things: 1. nature, animals, trees….. 2. politics, injustices…. 3. other sculptors
What is your favourite sculpture? The “Silence of Bagram”. It may not be the prettiest one, but it came about after a report on the radio about this jail and torture in Afghanistan. I could feel all my anger and frustration about our two-faced and hypocritical western leaders flowing into this sculpture. I am still working on a bigger version in cement in my garden….
Which sculptures will you be exhibiting at Dimensions 2013? The ‘Choir Boy’, a bird, and ‘Amnesty for Obama’
What will you be working on in the coming year? Who knows? Those ideas often come rather sudden and unexpected. But certainly I will keep producing my hearts of stone, polar bears and other things that people seem to enjoy