Artist Statement →
In the 500-meter panorama "REAL LIFE MATTERS", different cultures and values encounter, leading to mutual enrichment and appreciation, thus following the motto of the SAPPORO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL 2020: “Real” people living in and around Sapporo, combined with people representing nations, views of life, social classes, political and social positions, to form a utopian group portrait as a loan to the future. With a precision owed to long practice, the diversity of life emerges from this digital storytelling, combining drawing and painting in a pragmatic, pop-art-ish working process. The monumental panorama in Sapporo revolves around the contradiction that lies in the two formats involved, where the gigantic format, usually conveying an idealization, is infiltrated by the subversive format of political satire, revealing what lies behind the obvious. At the same time, it makes a transition between digital virtuality and the reality of the space where it unfolds.