On September 25, 2022, my mother passed away. During the last six months of her life, I spent most of my time with her while she was in bed. She could no longer communicate clearly. Language as we know it, had abandoned her, and she also had poor hearing. Speaking, humming, or singing in her ear and holding her hand was a daily way to connect with her. The intimacy we shared resonates with the ear. I began to see the ear as a possible form. The ear as a metaphor. The ear as a landscape. The ear as a possibility.
I consider dialogue, experimentation, and intuition to be important artistic strategies. As a visual artist, I believe it is crucial to display “possibilities” because the continuity of existence is not transmitted from reality but from possibility. Through my social engagement in care and my experience of severe grief at a young age, I have learned to think from possibilities. There in lies hope and desire. I see art as an opportunity to discuss relationships between people and their environment or to encounter the strange. I share Joseph Beuys’ idea that society as a whole can be seen as one big work of art, or ‘soziale Skulptur.’ To craft and refine this sculpture, we need the creativity of everyone and everything, not just so-called artists. This resonates with my way of working, and I believe that a work of art as an object is not an end in itself but always implies a possibility.