Klaus Is Koming
I like to make work that’s fun and pertinent, taking themes and forms that are usually considered shameful or uncouth and making them empowering. Generally, I take images from adult magazines aimed at men and recreate them for an entirely different audience. you know, taking things usually reserved for the top shelf of shady shops on dimly lit corners and bring them to the living room. I always try to say more than just what’s on the canvas or whichever other medium I’m playing with. i like to break down gender norms and create a fun space to have conversations that can often be quite heavy and difficult. I started using the name klaus is koming as a joke. Male artists are more successful than women artists, so I thought, yeah, alright, maybe if I can convince the world I am a man called klaus I can trick everyone into thinking my work is in fact wonderful. It’s actually harder than that. And drawing a lot of naked women and using obscure adult mags as reference did make klaus look like a bit of a pervert. And because of that, I wasn’t allowed into any feminist or woman only art shows. Since then klaus has become more about how the audience perceives art, and how the male gaze can be switched into something more positive.