details and gestures
The cure for details is fundamental, everything is painted with tiny brushes in a realistic way. On the other hand, the brutal gestures are the expression of a momentary emotion, impossible to foresee. Portraits of friends, lovers and the self are treated in the same way, as an elaboration of relationships, usually destined to fall apart.
People are lonely and unable to communicate, flesh is weak and constantly looking for a way to escape misery. A series of paintings describes the solitary vices: alcohol, smoking, masturbation – attempts to fill the void with pleasure, that unfortunately don’t guarantee happiness.
Eroticism is another way to show the loneliness of human beings. People are alone with their flesh, and they can’t communicate their desire. The intent is not to scandalise: masturbation is seen as a metaphor of frustration and solitude.
When they’re not confined within their loneliness, people express feelings with extreme and pathetic gestures. They are young, feminine, naked, beautiful and desperate, and not afraid of showing it. This, combined with the fascination for a photo-realistic romantic style, may be seen as kitsch; but following the example of Odd Nerdrum: kitsch is „all that was conceived as brown, old-fashioned, sentimental, melodramatic and pathetic. As the Austrian author and philosopher Herman Broch put it in the 1930’s: «Kitsch is the Anti-Christ, stagnation and death»”