There’s No Place Like Home

BAPS: What is the main inspiration for your work? Have any of your past life experiences come out in your paintings?

JS: I would say the main inspiration for my work is the town where I lived and also the experiences I had: music, film, literature etc… I’m cycling a lot and I grew up here, so I like do discover hidden places and also search for new experiences.

I’m also very aware of any changes in my town. I mean we are all influenced by advertisements, graffiti slogans, or how people behave in public places. The seasons of the year, for example, influence the color I use. The lighting can change how the whole body works.

It’s funny that you ask me if experiences of my past life come out in my paintings.

In the beginning of the year when started the painting “Koko” with the budgies, suddenly I remembered that we had a big cage full of them in the first year of my basic school. I totally forgot about that! 

BAPS: Why did you choose paint as your medium? Do you ever work with anything else? Prints, sculpture, etc.

JS: My Father is a house painter. So I grew up in an apartment full of working equipment, that’s why I fell in love quite early with paint. When I do research for my work, I take a lot of photographs, but I never started to work seriously in photography.

BAPS: What does it mean for you as an artist to be showing at Preview? What are you most excited about?

JS: Hm, maybe that it can be possible!…And I am most excited about seeing my friends at the opening and hearing what they are thinking about my work.

BAPS: What influence do you think Preview has for the artist community in Berlin? How does it compare with other art fairs?

JS: I can’t speak for the artist community of Berlin, but I can speak for myself. For me, it is almost a close-up of movements in the art scene and art market. You can go there and find out what you like and what you don’t like. You can make new contacts or use it as a stage and show that you are still there. The art fairs can be kind of a platform for exchange among each other. I think this is really important, because without any exchange the art scene can’t develop.