Artist Statement
Henriette Sonne

As an artist, I work with contemporary issues from our everyday life – in a figurative style. I develop paintings that speak directly and indirectly about the problems we face with ourselves around the world. They become the study of sociology – on canvas.
Before I start a series, I spend time researching and sketching to get more angles on the theme I am working with.
One thing that reoccurs in my paintings is a flat and almost neutral background. I find there are many individuals who are unhappy and searching for themselves. They are defined by others and their society, which is why I represent this with an unfilled space.

When I start a new series, I paint studies to get the feel for the theme I want to work on. Then I form a question which narrows the visual down and the decision making in the paintings becomes more concrete.