Very profound question, thank you. Focusing on cultural differences is an attitude very often displayed in the cultural history of men. But focusing only on differences, without considering common grounds, enlarges the chance of generating conflict. I am always searching for the essentials that connect us, that’s my way to look at life. And as an artist I have an inner urge to express what I have found. In the orange Re pavilion is collected what I have found in my search for the most essential things that count in personal life. So, my works are the answer to your question. Let’s have a look together. Shall we?
Living a life as a man or living it as a woman is quite a different thing. To pass on life, we need to create new life, children. One little moment -planned or unplanned- makes you a parent for the rest of your life. We all start young, we live and grow older. All our lives stop at some point. As for your previous question about cultural differences, I would like to say that I have not found any cultural differences in the essential issues of "The Course of Life". We all have this in common.
I appreciate your honest reaction. A life is like a wave that starts and ends. Lives come and go, over and over again, like waves in an endless ocean.
My artworks of the Re pavilion tell me that we all share that beautiful, temporary experience we call life. Rites at birth and death are forms of human behavior we see throughout time and across cultures. The fact that cultures express themselves in rituals in different ways, is just a matter of appearance for me. In my opinion, the inner motivation that is underlying these human behaviors has a deep, biological and emotional origin, which science has only just begun to discover. We are all connected to this stream of life and this stream connects us to each other perhaps more than we notice. So that certainly sounds like a universal tale to me.