I paint self-portraits through other people – my projections. I portray human figures in ordinary situations where nothing really happens. I observe them while they are in a state of contemplation, rather than in action. These moments of basic being evoke a burst of raw emotion, which I try to maintain in the finished work.
Many of my characters wear a costume, or an outfit atypical of their everyday life. In most of my works everyday life appears under the surface. There is a constant gap between the outfit and the character’s “regular” self. The filter used by my characters protects them from the outside world, and their melancholy is intensified by the outfits’ vibrancy.
I seek out images with bright, rich and opposing colors. Similar to the human situations I depict, the colors touch but do not mix. The technicality of preparing the colors is freeing, and allows me to work with many shades of colors, while maintaining their easily recognizable distinction – where one shade ends and the next begins.
I deconstruct the figures into patches of color. Even the drawing lines serve as patches on the canvas. The figure is deconstructed to its most basic form, while preserving the actual figure. At some point in the creative process, the image itself loses significance; it ceases to be the work's subject, and becomes a representation, similar to an emotional map.
The characters interact with the background; they are supported by its color and are integrated into it simultaneously. I challenge myself by leaving parts of the painting untreated. On these parts, I consciously choose to show the figures disintegrate and disappear into the colored background, as that background infiltrates them. The untreated parts allow the constant fluctuation between the inner world and the one outside.
One of the challenges in my work at present is finding the specific point at which to add the exact quantity of paints and color patches in order to convey my characters’ emotional baggage. I attempt to minimize brush strokes, and to portray the characters’ disposition in a complete, intense and direct manner.