What does your art bring to you?
Creating The Occult Ritual has helped me in so many ways to deal with my demons.
I wanted to find a style that I like, could manipulate and that I could relate to by creating stories. Thus I was born, The Occult Ritual. The Occult Ritual is an artistic expression that celebrates the pitch-black seeds of my imagination.
The name Occult Ritual originates from my attraction to dark, horror, and tribal paraphernalia.
What artwork would you like to see in real life?
I would love to see Mark Ryden’s artwork “Pinkie”. He is an artist that I discovered on Instagram, and I fell in love with his creations. They have impressive hand-carved frames with cute-creepy pink creatures. (yeah, I also love pink.)
What are your inspirations?
My creations which I like to call rituals are inspired by African, Indian tribes and deities. I find the shapes and postures of Indian idols very fascinating with all the details and expressions. I also associate the use of multiple heads in different forms and angles with different facets of me. I create mostly when I’m at my lowest self, so this is very personal for me. Likewise, I’ve also always been attracted to black and white artworks. They have a distinct “Clin d’oeil” from all the very colourful ones and add a special atmosphere. I’m also attracted to the odd ones, people with eccentric personalities and style, human rawness, and body modification. Also, eyes are an important element that is omnipresent in all my work. Eyes are bewitching and expressive. They also remind me of aspen eyes which are black markings on trees where the branches used to be, which I find almost poetic.
What are your dreams?
To have my solo eccentric exhibition and have my own studio. I also want a home with a big yard for my dogs and future dogs.
What is your favourite quote?
“I fall in love with everything. I also hate everything. It’s very hard to be a misanthrope and a romantic”