When I arrived in Hanoi, I had the desire to paint a few walls there, so i located best place in town; a combined paint- and tattooshop (Taurus Tattoo – Tầng 2 – 184 Quán Thánh, Ba Đình Hanoi, Vietnam), which provided me with a handfuld of spots of the scene in Hanoi… And I was impressed!
…Seeing the high standard artwork on the streets of Hanoi, I wanted to give something back and in a way make a finishing mark, encapsulating and conveying the experiences, I have had in Vietnam.
Phong Nha Ke Bang
The last destination before Hanoi, was the marvelous and astonishing place of Phong Nha, one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam, sporting the biggest cave in the world, and at least 349 other known caves.
The experiences of visiting the accessible caves had a lasting impression on me.
The mountains are calling me.
I have never been inside caves like this, and is unlike anything else, I have seen.
I only went to two caves, which was 1) Paradise Cave – took an extended tour, deep within the mountain, wearing headlights and courage and 2) Phong Nha Cave.
Picking the colours from the interior of the mountains, the jagged and shiny surfaces of the towering walls inside the walls. The silent dampened drops of Eternity and Darkness.
My next wall should become an exploration of letter shapes and figurative elements – incorporating features of mountainscapes, stalagmites and the stillness of the innerscapes of the caves.
Taking the mountains deep within you, but leave nothing but footprints in your memory.
There was a potential to decorate walls in hostels and framstays in Phong Nha, and ordered colours, collected reference materials for painting more figurative elements in my work.
The idea of shipping spraypaint from either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, was beyond the major stakeholders expectations and budget, so I made a pass on that option #artistintegrity.
If any readers are artists and are doing brushwork, and Phong Nha Ke Bang is on their path, then send me a mail, and I can hook you up!
The whole nature park (phong nha ke bang) had amazing mountains, green fields and jungle, and I could spend days just immersing myself in the lush, green world, abrupted by greyish coloured cliffs.
Headed into Hanoi
Hanoi has a Hall of Fame, so I really went all out, making a 12 meter x 2 meters piece. This time I wrote AL TID, which again has multiple meanings:
- ALTID means ALWAYS.
- AL TID means that it All Time, like in All the time in the world.
- AL TID, all time which has existed, exists now, and will exist in the future, like the vast span of time.
Stone, air, water, animals and water have changed this environment of millions of years. It has existed alongside evolution. Many unheard and untold stories. The Past of the Future. The moment, the miniscule and micromoment. Looking at these walls, these ornaments, these fractions and frozen lifefroms. Walking deeper and deeper within, shadows dancing on the walls.
It has been a few years, since I have soloed that big part of a wall, so theres both some good as well as less good elements in it, its more a part one, an invitation to what comes next.
– I have a few paintings awaiting to to be posted already…
The wall became an exploration of letter shapes and figurative elements, giving my output a more loose and abstract form, but definitely leaving a proper mark amongst the other great artists staying in Hanoi.
Because I visited Hanoi at the tha specific time of the year, the weather was a pretty bit unpredictable, so if it had only lasted sunny and dry a few more days, I would have done a collaboration, combining characters and my “style”, but that would be next time.
– Hoping to attend the Meeting of Style in Vietnam 2019!
As once heard; its always nice to have something to return to – and the very hospitable and extremely attentive, caring vietnamese locals, is the definitely a “pull”-factor and yeah! – seeing my work posted on instagram as backdrop, also helps it along the way!