Kristoffer Axén Artist Statement

Kristoffer Axén Artist Statement

 

In ‘The World as Will and Idea’ the German writer Arthur Schopenhauer details his concept of ‘the Will’ as the primal, underlying, drive - the endless procession of cause-and-effect. In its canopy aim we sense only its one undeniable quality – its willfulness – expressed in the ceaseless beat of desire branching out as thoughts and emotions, consequently infusing all that gets created and valued.

 

With a photographic process resembling that of painting or sculpturing, Kristoffer Axén aims with his work to bring out the qualities of this all-pervasive willfulness, seen in the introspective expressions and shapes of figures driven onwards like certain fish that dies without motion. Or through ambiguous, vacant, scenes of buildings and its appendixes that pleads for a security from some prehistoric trauma still remembered and reinforced in dreams.

 

NYC, 2013