These Mexico paintings are inspired by a three week trip through Mexico. The colours and light there inspired me to use fluorescent colours to complete this body of work in my studio. The patterns refer to different tourist locations in Mexico I visited. These include the homes and studios of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the ‘Casa Gilardi’ in Mexico D.F., a private home designed by the foremost Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragan, as well as Oaxaca, Monte Alban and Tulum.
The Mexico paintings use high key fluorescent colours reminiscent of Mexican modernist architecture and folk art. I developed the patterns and forms from the sketches and drawings I made while travelling.
In my studio back in Munich I began to turn these sketches into a black and white book and a new body of painted artwork in high-key colours. Playing along with the idea of the Mexican stereotype I accompanied the launch of the book with a performance called ‘Guacamole’ where I make a typical Mexican culinary delight out of avocado for the audience and share it with them.
The works are accompanied by a 44-page hand-made artist book of the same name which was printed entirely on my Risograph.
See the Mexico Book