I am a fan of Japanese ink drawings and woodblock prints. Simplicity and reduction are important means of traditional Japanese depictions. Using just simple black ink and carefully curated white space, the timeless beauty and complexity of the natural world is captured. Its not figurative, it’s not abstract – it’s a mixture of both aspects, fixing one moment of beeing, like at Yamada Hogyoku´s Bat and Moon from 1830. I never tried to copy this style, but there is a big influence on my attitude dealing with my own drawings.
This summer I suddenly discovered, that I can watch bats from my flat in the evening. I was very surprised and touched, and soon they appeared in my drawings too.