"I exhume to consume. My body is the reactor in a huge rubbish-recycling-experiment of leaden world and intoxicated images." – Jonathan Meese
Meese is renowned for his multi-faceted work, including wildly exuberant paintings, installations, ecstatic performances and a powerful body of sculptures in a variety of media. He has developed in all genres an independent and at the same time unique vocabulary that gives his work a variety, visual energy. His work share a humor tending towards the grotesque, as well as a powerful, original creative will. Both are driven and supported by a striving for a rule of art, the dictatorship of art.
Jonathan Meese addresses a broad range of issues, including historical events and myths as well as fellow artists and philosophers, family and friends. His eccentric imaginary worlds are a well-nigh bottomless reservoir of ideas and projects.
"I think that the artist is totally un-free. Always. And that is his free-ness. That is his freedom. Because the only thing that is totally free is the art. And the art as god takes me when it loves to take me. And it also destroys me when it loves to destroy me. Without any reasons. This is what I love about art." - Jonathan Meese