Books have always been a central part of my life. “The Art of Reading” has been inspired by this passion, and apprehension about the threat imposed on traditional media by the digital revolution. A home without books feels like a very sterile place.
Reading books is not enough for me—I want to own and savour my favourites. I love to rearrange them, sometimes by size or subject matter. My own large, eclectic collection has become a safety hazard as it spreads through my apartment.
My paintings observe readers and books in different settings. They seek to emphasise an easy familiarity – an association between old friends. Reproducing photographs of real life situations in an abstract and figurative style distorts the characters and creates an evocative atmosphere bonding books to readers.