During the past 15 years, I have delved deeply in my work into a field I call "mental landscapes" or "the landscapes of changing mind". My view is that mental landscapes or landscapes of consciousness must be located in a space, just as physical or three-dimensional landscapes are. This location is the basis for their existence and development. Our inability to distinguish and perceive this alternate space with our senses does not negate the validity of those mental realities that wish to realize value and meaning, independently of physical existence.

I enter into my painting as though I had already somehow been transported into the metaphysical realm and examine a certain landscape from the inside.
Each time anew, I begin to create the particular environment from the language and material that this environment both demands and provides me.
Through these emerging landscapes, I investigate the boundaries of the landscape, the boundaries of perception and consciousness and the boundaries of my ability to communicate by means of various media with the world of observation. 

The works gather around the desire to organize and create a certain kind of distinctiveness, and to allude to systems of codes or symbols that seem to exist within systems of reality that are alternate to those we apprehend in our everyday lives.

The works do not intend to ask questions about creation or divinity, but they certainly touch upon questions of materiality versus non-materiality.The reality of the dream, which we treat as something that has no real existence, is in my view the point of access to those very alternate environments that interest me, and this is a further topic that I wish to explore. 

What if everything that happens in our dreams truly exists, but at a different level or location that cannot be apprehended by the same criteria as is physical reality?
Even when I explore the reality of the dream, my focus is on the level of sensation and intuition and less on its narrative aspects.

That overused term 'the psyche' contains a great structural paradox, because despite the innumerable theories of the soul and the various thought trends that have arisen within modern psychology and philosophy, this phenomenon still remains largely obscure and resistant to precise logical and scientific analysis. This has increased my desire and need to understand, know, and apprehend the immaterial.

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