I’ve been using and appropriating various computer graphics aesthetics over the years: geometries, vector graphics, glitches — and pixelations.
Pixelated works differ from the rest of my oeuvre because I create them entirely digitally. I hand-pixelate each pixel; there is no automation in the process.
I choose a working size (eg. 100 x 66 pixels), which sets the stage for the visual abstraction/the pixel size as experienced in the final work. The works exist both virtually and physically; for the latter, they are printed as if they were photographs. With my PhD thesis focusing on “Painting and Digital Technologies”, I eventually also wanted to embrace the old-school 80ies aesthetics of pixel-based visualities, but also aimed to expand them into HiBit territory. I fluctuate between the two.
I started pixelating world events in 2017. It is weird and uncomfortable to do this: who am I to depict things that are not my experience. It feels transgressive, which isn’t my intention.
These are political, yet highly personal works. They show what I care about; there’s nothing that isn’t political, and nothing that isn’t personal.
In addition, this enables me to have a voice in a world that feels to not offer most people such a thing; I stick to the original colors and composition, but still aim to add a relevant layer of self, with the goal to add meaning — of which I’m not sure whether that’s possible.
I create pixelations of personal moments; this part of my work is like a diary.