Essays

MENTAL IMAGES STATEMENT

My work is about simulation. Creating a clone or a copy of the ‘real’ on paper. It is not a fake, it takes the place of the ‘real’ for a moment. As Baudrilland puts it, simulation is different from feigning. Feigning is pretending, such as, feigning illness or pretending to be ill. The subject is not ill, just seeming to be, but ‘simulation threatens the difference between ‘true’ and ‘false’, between ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’. Since the simulator produces ‘true’ symptoms – is he ill or not? He cannot be treated objectively either as ill or not ill.’

This is what I aim to do: Create likeness of icons, where in image – on paper – the simulation of icons, ‘threatens the difference between ‘true’ and ‘false, between ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’.’ The ‘real’ subject becomes ‘not necessary’. The image or icon is more important and more seductive. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t the ‘real’ icon – as long as it looks like him or her – it creates a temporary confusion. I search for this confusion and to create and to create it within my work.

I explore to what extent should I create complete fantasy pictures not connected to anything ‘true’ or ‘real’ and the relevance of the connection of something ‘true’.