The ocean fascinates me. As an artist, my interest does not lie in creating illustrations or classical seascapes. Rather, the processes and forces at work in the ocean are what inspire my art. This abstraction allows for a freedom of color and form, embodied by layers and currents on the canvas — my own personal ocean.
In 2015 I embarked on an expedition aboard the german research vessel Meteor, destined for the Atlantic tropics. It was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to communicate at length with scientists from a broad range of disciplines about oceanography while finding new artistic translations for my knowledge of the ocean.
My background as an oceanographer gives me the ability to speak both the language of science as well as the language of art. Artists and scientists think differently, yet both are constantly in search of fresh perspectives on the world. Curiosity and experience are a good recipe for making progress in both science and art. If we already knew what our results were going to be beforehand, we would never advance our knowledge. After my time spent with scientists, its now time to show new works in this wonderful gallery.