At the moment I am working on a tiger’s head. It snarls and spits at one. With its jaws open. It is making a signal.
It has its eyes closed.
But there is also a smile, even though it is ambiguous.
An ambiguity reflects the tiger’s character.
Once I was visited in my studio by one of my friends, a French psychiatrist. No just any psychiatrist. He is among other things a great admirer of Jean Dubuffet’s art. He looked at my animal pictures amicably. After a while he looked at me and said, “Uffe, you don’t paint animals at all. Has nobody ever told you that you have been painting human beings?”
Maybe he is right in that I search to find the balance between the presence and the absence of various characteristics.