Idar Oberstein / Germany
Born in 1984
I take great pleasure in transforming my experiences into metaphors, adding a romantic view to those slight details that take place in our daily life.
The word “petium” comes from Latin meaning “fragment found after a shipwreck “. This definition gives way to a parallelism between two images / scenes: By one side, on the shore of the sea the rests of a shipwreck are revealed by the water. The tide acting as a transformation engine, cleaning, drawing from the deep what had been lost, forgotten.
On the other hand my reality: the vortex of the city, the excessive consumerism of humankind, a tornado of discard that spits out the remains of society. Which is my mission? To collect these drags as treasures, like shells on the shore. And then transform them, give them a second chance, a new life, reuse what someone considered worthless and leave in it a trace of myself.
The atmosphere of the surrounding affects me, the focus of my attention differs in every setting, but there is a common denominator: The details. Why to put attention to them? It is the meticulous observation that lets us detect them. It is this sensibility that allows us to capture their essence and then maybe…are the little details that give us support, taste … hope?
The mixture is what fills me. I want to find the connections in the opposites and make them engage in a dialogue. Make them dance, grow apart, get close, play. My pieces are like a concoction that combines various elements, coming from diverse harbors and corners. They are collages, assemblages. But in the composition the elements are not independent. There is an interaction, they are interconnected through their shape, color, stains, textures, lines, distances…A conglomeration is created where this multiplicity has a relation and it is the conjunction of the elements that defines a whole, through which I intend to reflect my own world. My way of composing is seated in playful, instinctual bases. I go around smelling the colors and the elements of a homely landscape … Seeking for that “welcome home” feeling…