“I am fascinated by colleagues who seem to know exactly where they want to end up with their works and then successfully able to take the most effective path there. The work I am most proud of has never once ended up close to where I thought it would.

Once I start painting, my sketch colleges are squeezed of what they had to get the work going and then forgotten. If the idea worked, the painting will gain a life of its own and I look forward to end up somewhere I didn’t expect to go. It can take me months or even years to appreciate where that “somewhere” is. 

I feel drawn to attributes and expressions that reveal what they intended to conceal, to me a failure to hide something about yourself has the potential of becoming a most transparent and personal view of someone’s inner life. 

Everything I see, I feel free to work from. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s a real life observation, a digital image or someone else’s work of art. The process includes whatever visual support it’s drawn to and if it pushes the work forward it is justified.

There is no way for me to just sit and nailing a sense of great truth, but if I keep on to speak my mind long enough I feel confident that a bigger picture of some sort will submerge and when it does, I do my best to clean it up and get rid of the noise. 

If my paintings are a part of a greater narrative or not is impossible to comment without spoiling the fun. Our tendency to come up with a story behind anything we care to stop and think about is overwhelming, so why not my paintings. If my art share any belief, it’s the vital importance in that very tendency – the human need to speculate about what’s hidden underneath. To “think” and “talk” about what people hide from each other are two abilities humans excel at. I believe we do this for a great reason – if everything and everyone was exactly what they set out or seemed to be, there would be no need to express a thought – thinking and talking would be useless. Without humanity there would be no plot, without plot we’d not be able to hide the fact that we are completely lost and alone.”

–Simon Dahlgren Strååt


 Mother’s Tounge