What would a human being have done
if the other person would not have had power?
Arnix: “Power is a terrifying addiction, for both bosses and underlings. We are all sensitive to this. It takes strong legs to carry that kind of load. Those in power and their victims are dancing a ritual, never-ending ballets in an inhuman stage set. To lead and to follow. Silent, warm mouths kiss each other to death in a mortal, chilling embrace. A silence that needs to be broken.”
The theme of his work is the mental deformation of the brain, and it is about victims and delusion and reality. The human civilisation, the religious world, the imagination of evil, the role of perpetrator and victim – they are each other’s victim, and the main question is: how does the viewer relate to them?
You are confronted with the question which role you would adopt, which boundaries you set for yourself, and which you will be able to cross. It becomes a visual game in which the viewer is challenged in subtle ways to start looking for boundaries. You are forced to deal with the great themes of life. It is ruthless and defies the human conscience. It elicits something in the onlooker. Arnix’s works have an unorthodox and direct approach.
Arnix: “My visual work must confront. I get inspiration from world news. I have a need to be direct in daily life and I feel a need to catch it in images. We now live in times of transparency and openness. As an artist it is my task to visualize and create the essence of the Zeitgeist, our actuality.”
“Reflection in image and symbol, I try to interconnect them in various objects in a surprising way by striving for perfection up to the most minute details.”
“In my work there is a clash between egoism, striving for pleasure, power and transience on the one side and reality itself. Concise and critical!”
Faith and power. Arnix gets their reason for being. “Although I have no faith myself, I understand that religion helps and supports people. Great, let’s keep it that way. I also understand that we need to guard our territory. What I really don’t get is that institutions dealing with power turn away from justice. How they create their own laws and rules and enforce them. These are institutions based upon dogmatism and conformism. In my life I have wondered about the fact that one follows the doctrine and tries to live by it, but in reality does not act accordingly. The act of suffering by victims – and the role of being a victim by those who are un-masked. Recurring movements which do not seem to end
and which keep on going on…”