Super Future Kid‘s paintings come spinning out of a psychedelic TV vortex, a wormhole from another world, a future that lives in the past, where tribes of people – like the cargo cults of the South Pacific – worship the iconography of the 1980’s and 90’s; toys, games and TV superheroes, all conjoined and commingled in a mash of hyper existence.
Having grown up in East Germany in the 1980’s Super Future Kid has dedicated her artistic career to playing with her past. To the wonder and joy derived from cult cartoons and toys, computer games and films. Her naive pictures made quickly with oil, acrylic and spray paint, her ideas drawn from her motley collection of magazine images, toys and paraphernalia, her style a pop subversion of East and West, a comic aesthetic that plays on our need for stories and myths, legends and strange allegories that hint at the familiar.
You can’t help but be sucked into this bizarre cotton candy universe, a world in which Super Future Kid strides with authority, the author of a mythology that reminds us that we must never let our inner child die nor take our hollow love of material objectification too seriously. Here’s what she has to say about her work:
My work is largely based on themes that strongly relate to certain ideas of childhood and youth, a time period that still has a great influence on my personality and artistic identity.
I am deeply fascinated with the perception and perspective on the world from the view of an adolescent mind, and recently particularly in related ideas of mystery and strangeness but also games and playfulness. Those ideas include the realms of spirituality, the occult, myths and curiosities as well as themes of character identity such as the play of dressing up and costumes and lastly the idea of the freedom of the youthful spirit itself.
I see paint as a very primal substance that constantly evokes my curiosity. I am also fascinated by its power to create a whole world of its own, an entirely non-verbal space. But most of all do I see the act of painting as an ongoing extension of my own childhood, it allows me to explore ideas that are deeply rooted within myself and therefore help me to continuously map out and shape my identity as an artist and in the end as a human being.