Ulrik Gliese - Visual Arts - The Art
Making art has, over the years, grown to become an essential part of my life. For some reason, I just need to do it. I donít fully understand why, but I am very certain about it. What I really enjoy about art is that it gives me the possibility to discover, learn, understand and express things about myself and the world I live in.
The fundamental inspiration for my art is life and the human soul. I know this may sound pompous, but think about it, isn't it fantastic how exiting, varied, delicious and wicked life is down to every little detail? And, isn't the fact that we live, and can think, feel and fantasize absolutely amazing? There is wonder and shock, desire and disgust, and love and hatred to be found everywhere, in everything and in everybody. I cannot wish for better inspiration than that!
My art has a dual nature as it is created out of two passions.
On one hand, I am childishly fascinated by visual discoveries in all sorts of things, tiny or huge, ordinary or grand, but especially the things that we overlook or take for granted. I simply have to investigate these things and share my discoveries. In this sense, my images are intended to captivate and surprise by showing the, often unexpected, visual richness and sensuality of our surrounding world.
On the other hand, I am deeply puzzled and stimulated by our emotions, our psyche, and the philosophical and metaphysical aspects of life. I investigate these things, both consciously and unconsciously, through my work and they form the central contents of my art. In this sense, my images express my feelings, thoughts and discoveries. At the same time, the images act as emotional and mental mirrors stimulating you to reflect on things in relation to yourself.
The emotional and intellectual contents is worked into the images through the use of varying degrees of abstraction and symbolism. Sometimes the symbolism is obvious and universal. At other times, it is subtle and specific.
Many of the things, that I am discovering and expressing, have been done before. However, not from my particular angle of view. I believe that uniqueness in art does not come from edgy novelty (at least not alone) but rather from the uniqueness of each of us and the way we all perceive and experience things in slightly different ways. In this way art, and all the artists making it, build an ever expanding mosaic of insight into the complexities, oddities and wonders of life.
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