I was painting outside in 2011 when a sticker of a skull fell from above and flew in front of me. I saw it as a sign to start thinking about painting skulls. Ever since that day I have been seeing skulls, both in the art world and the fashion world. I realized that I have been seeing skulls all my life.
A large proportion of my artwork has been of faces and figures, with a strong fashion illustration flavour. I think skulls make my new artwork more universal to the viewer than some of my previous artworks. I think it makes it more about the whole human race instead of a focus on one individual. As a result, the skull artworks become ambiguous. It doesn't state exactly what the truth is and I like that. Not everyone will agree, it is up to the viewer.
Sometimes I feel that Fashion Illustration is limited. With the recent skull artwork, I think there is more flexibility... It could be shown in a Fashion Magazine, printed on a t-shirt, or it could also be shown at Art Galleries. By combining the Couture Fashion head pieces with the skulls on a large canvas format, I feel that I am able to keep doing what I enjoy doing without completely changing my identity for the viewer. It is about evolving and adapting with a focus on attracting a larger audience.
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