Etchings to Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Mythologies, especially the ancient Greek-Roman ones, are a strong source of my artistic inspiration. What fascinates me is that their statements are universal and still relevant today. The people and gods depicted there, their conflicts and behaviour patterns: today we find exactly the same and are as surrounded by them as the ancient Greeks and Romans were.
Numerous myths can be found in the work ‘Metamorphoses – Transformations’ (ca. 3-8 AD) by the Roman poet Ovid. I find it particularly exciting that they are selected and arranged from the point of view of transformation, because for Ovid the entire world is in a constant state of flux. He describes how human beings became plants, animals, stones, rivers, stars and many other forms, because “everything is in a state of flux” (cuncta fluunt), everything that exists, was once different; nothing remains as it is.
That’s why I’ve been working for several years on illustrating Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’. My concern, too, is to represent the fleeting, movement as seen in flowing water, reflections, light reflexes, flickering fire. But it is also reflected in my working method itself, be it in painting or etching: here, too, I like to let chance do what it wants to do.  
For there is nothing permanent; the only permanent thing is change. 

Trennung der Elemente aus dem Chaos_Strichätzung_2023
The Creation of the Cosmos: the Elements Separating from Chaos - Drypoint etching - ca. 21 x 20 cm
Die Flut_Strichätzung, Aquatinta auf 2 Platten_20x25cm_2018_3:8
The Great Flood - Line etching and aquatint on 2 plates - 20 x 25 cm
Ovid_Deukalion und Pyrrha_25x20 2
The Origin of the Human Race from Stones: Deucalion and Pyrrha - Carborundum and line etching - 25 x 20 cm
Apollo und Daphne_Strichätzung, Aquatinta auf 2 Platten_25x20cm_2018_1:8
Apollo and Daphne - Line etching and aquatint on 2 plates - 25 x 20 cm
Ovid, Metamorphosen_Phaethon_Radierung_Strichätzung, Aquatinta auf 2 Platten_25x20cm_2019_2:8
Phaeton or The Fall - Line etching, aquatint on 2 plates - 25 x 20 cm
Argus_Mezzotinto_15x25cm_2023 2
Total Surveillance: Argus - Mezzotint - 15 x 20 cm
Der Rabe_Strichätzung, Aquatinta_20x20 cm_2020
How the Raven Became Black - Line etching and aquatint - 20 x 20 cm
In Liebe versunken-Arethusa und Alpheus_Radierung_Strichätzung, Chine collé_10x30cm_2018 Kopie
Immersed in Love: Arethusa and Alpheus - Line etching, printed with Chine collé - 10 x 30 cm
Die Meduse und ihre Töchter_Aquatinta_10x30cm_2019_2:8
Medusa and her Daughters: Even today they float in the oceans, graceful beauties and yet deadly - Aquatint - 10 x 30 cm
Narcissus_Strichätzung, Reservage, Aquatinta_25x15cm_2020
Narcissus - Line etching, reservage, aquatint - 25 x 20 cm
Pyramus und Thisbe_Strichätzung, Hochdruck_Ausschnitt aus 20x15cm_2023 2
Forbidden Love: Pyramus and Thisbe - Line etching - 20 x 15 cm
Ovid, Metamorphosen_Die lykischen Bauern_Radierung_Strichtätzung_25x20_2018_2:2 2
Petty Arrogance: The Lycian Peasants - Line etching - 25 x 20 cm
Das Labyrinth_Strichätzung, Reservage, Aquatinta_25x20cm_2022_É.a.
The Labyrinth - Line etching, reservage, aquatint - 25 x 20 cm
Daedalus und Ikarus_Seriennummer 3-10 2
"Icarus, where are you?" Daedalus was still calling when he glimpsed the feathers in the waves. Daedalus and Icarus - Aquatint - 15 x 20 cm
Tod des Orpheus_Strichtätzung, Aquatinta auf 2 Platten_20x25cm_2019._1:8jpg
Death of Orpheus: even the stones bleed in their grief - Line etching and aquatint on 2 plates - 20 x 25 cm
Orpheus in der Unterwelt_Mezzotinto_25x20cm_2021
Being Unable to Bear the Unknown: Orpheus in the Underworld - Mezzotint - 25 x 20 cm