Vincent Scratch

In my role as an artist, I would like to see myself as a contemporary storyteller, also reflecting on the act of story telling itself.

From a certain perspective, paintings can be seen as fragments of stories. They merely illustrate a very small part of a story, of which the spectator then invents the rest, according to what he sees on the picture. In my work, I would like to explore this sort of fragmentary storytelling, look for its boundaries and potentials, and play with its dramaturgy and mysteries.

By hinting things that happen in the painting, I want to invite the spectator to start to “read” this hints, to ask himself, what is going on in the picture. These hints though only open up a space of interpretation, they look like they mean something, but not even I as the painter really knows, what they mean. The spectator is led into nowhere with his interpretation.

In this way, I want to tell stories, that don’t exist, not even in my own head. The shown fragments create as many stories, as are interpreted through the spectators, but none of them will be the “real” one. Through this I would also like to raise the topic of the myth, that pictures tell the “truth”. We rely a lot on what we see in the media, in photos and videos, but also these are only fragments of the whole story, which nobody really knows. Everybody just can interpret what they see from their own point of view and there exists no absolute truth of things.

Inspired by the very short Japanese poetic form of the haiku, but also Tagores fragmentary poems of his travels, Kerouacs Books of Blues, magical realism and the whole world of GIFs, I would like to deepen and explore this fragmentary storytelling through a series of drawings, paintings and possibly small videos and animations. Also in this sense, I would like to see, in what way I can bring these different mediums together, as another way to tell stories. I would like to get inspired by the new setting around the Espacio Matrioska, on one side through the surrounding nature, but especially also talking to the people and listening, to what stories they tell me. I find the anecdotes of people always incredibly good material for inspiration, which I would also then like to feed into my work. Maybe also, I would like to make videos of different people interpreting the paintings I make, to document some of the stories, that emerge from this. Inviting them to do so, I want to honour the individual act of interpretation and in this way of everybody’s potential to tell stories.