Hereby I present my ‘City’ – my Metropolis. I love big cities but at the same time I don’t have a good feeling about them. My city is a mystic and mythological Moloch but also a modern one; different when seen from above, different when seen from below, different inside, different outside. There is little connection between the top and the bottom; there is little connection between the dark and the light. There is only one thing that really connects the top and the bottom – the loneliness. The one thing that is common for all species is the loneliness, it doesn’t matter if you are at the top or on the bottom, the loneliness is everywhere, omnipotent, especially in the cities. The big cities are a synonym for loneliness and nothing more.
While at the top of K2, we are also lonely but in a different way; the loneliness in nature is more ‘normal’, eventually we are a part of nature, too. It is more an emptiness in the Buddhist sense. This is something that we can try to understand, it is more cheerful than painful. The loneliness between the 10 million others, locked in a labyrinth of bewitched abnormalities, is cruel, absurd, unbearable, and paradoxical. The sense of our existence is determined by the sense of the senselessness of that existence. Vive la merde!
To make this painting I used the best quality acrylic paint, dried herbs, rice seeds and couscous seeds. Only three colours have been used: black, orange and vermilion.