How do you get your hands on the often decades-old materials that you use in your collages?
Most of it comes from flea markets, antiquarian bookshops and the internet. My ideas always emerge as an answer to a found object. As a collector, I always keep my eyes open. I found some important elements for my Motel One work when I was just shopping off the beaten track, in vintage shops or on the streets.
Why are bygone decades so important in your art?
Nostalgia has arisen as a reaction to the rapid changes in our world. That’s one aspect. A second is that the simultaneity of epochs at a glance is one advantage of the collage technique.
When it comes to collages, many people intuitively think of scissors and glue. Why do you work on the computer?
At the end of the day, I also think in a very old-fashioned way on the computer, with hard edges and clear cuts like with scissors. But I would never cut up unique pieces such as amateur or personal photos. That's how you decide whether a work is created analogue or digitally.
How does the collage then come together?
The material has often been in my archive for years. Then suddenly, like a flash, an image comes to me that perfectly complements to the rest.
What are the recurring themes of your work?
Eros, Thanatos, eternal youth and infinity.
How would you describe the visual aesthetics of your work?
Eclectic. The look depends strongly on the material used.