Untitled Document
 
AFTER SURREALISM

 - Artist statement, originally printed in the catalogue for the travelling group
exhibition After Surrealism, an historic overview of Surrealistic tendencies in
Danish art from the 1960's and onwards, exhibited in a number of art halls
and museums across Denmark in 2013-2014:


"My artistic work is the result of many different influences, and I have always
had the conviction that it would be a mistake to restrict my work to one
particular stereotype. Surrealism, however, has a special place in my creative
life. This might have something to do with the fact that I was exposed to
Surrealistic art at a relatively early age, and long before I began making art. It
was a powerful impetus; the dreamlike landscapes, the fascinating
visualizations of mental states; the black humor and playful use of
randomness and coincidence. I think that upon being exposed to the
Surrealists, I developed a mutation in the brain, which has influenced my
imagination ever since. I am also very attracted to the fact that Surrealism is
not a dogmatic aesthetic or style, but rather a way of seeing things. A
movement.

This kinship is present in my current work, whose ambition it is to make visible
the inner world of the psyche, utilizing the same logic that usually applies to
events unfolding in space and time. What is interesting to me, is that there is
a necessity, as well as a playfulness, in this way of producing images,
reaching an essence, that can be visualized, but not explained."

-David Dellagi