Teenagers

eline - future, 2010, oil on canvas, 55x70cm     eline - mother, 2010, oil on canvas, 55x70cm     eline - sex, 2010, oil on canvas, 55x70cm

2010, oil on canvas

sibylle 1, 2008, oil on canvas, 55x70cm     sibylle 2, 2009, oil on canvas, 50x65cm     ariadne 3, 2008, oil on canvas, 30x40cm

2008-2009, oil on canvas

Girls taking photos of themselves, looking directly into the camera. Like in the mirror. Self discovery and self examination. Self-image. Defiant and insecure expressions.
I started a painting project about adolescent girls and to what degree their intimate dreams and illusions can be seen in their facial expressions. In my studio I asked them to think about three different themes: being a woman, being a mother and sex. I would like to convert the slight differences in expression, the corners of their mouths, their posture, into the substance of paint. As painter I was an audience member. What are the patterns of expectation connected to these three iconic themes?