Niels has an exceptional sensibility when it comes to civilizations and understanding how people from all over the world, from different cultures and traditions used to live and how their customs have evolved through time and space.
He strongly believes that by tracing back to the beginning of times and understanding how civilizations created art out of their cultures’ richness is a necessary anthropological process to go through in order to understand the profound meanings of humanity.
Since 2012 his work has revolved around the visual language of the Middle Ages in Europe, however, his gaze shifted over the years, outside of the Western world following the Silk Road, growing an interest in the country of Syria. He has learnt greatly from Syrian people, whose open-mindedness he encountered nowhere else. From religions, to architecture, they have embraced foreign cultures and used diversity as a powerful weapon of knowledge. That particular country showed him the importance of celebrating our differences in times when we seem to drift further apart and made him question his Western beliefs as well as the practices and so-called critical thinking we’ve been taught from an early age.
His art feeds on the visual languages and cultures surrounding us, using knowledge and technology to create new forms of beauty, reflecting his dream of building a new culture celebrating our diversity.
If only we could pay more attention to one another, taking the time to understand our differences, we would certainly enrich every aspect of our lives.