Surgery on the Unknown Patient - BEST IN SHOW, April 2020Save Favorites
This work is based on my family archive photograph of my grandfather doing surgery. The photograph itself is very mysterious as it's not clear who is operated and who are all the other people, it is maybe badly printed and therefore really dark and unclear.
I find it interesting to see this lost past I don't know anything about even if I know the characters - by painting from old photographs I symbolically put my body in the documented past of someone, intrude it. I do find time scale oppressive thing - that you cannot be in even one second past or future and bound to be only now. Painting as a bodily practice is a symbolic effort to get out of it. The subject of surgery also corresponds with my intrusive, breaking the form and in a way surgical approach to painting.