This is a picture for the cover for my graphic novel MFS / Moisture, Frost and Salt.
It is a story of 3 idealists who are trying to bring more justice
to the world. Their plan has success: poverty and
violence are not pushing people in illegal migrations anymore.
QUEST by Marco Riha
A modern day heroic epic.
12 paintings, created over the course of the last 27 years are woven together to a timely story with soundtrack.
Title: “This is Not a LOLLIPOP”,
This is one manipulated urban snapshot of the series “Urbanism – ARTificial documentation”.
Urbanism – ARTificial documentation of our industrial urbanity & creative discussion of our modern way of living and environment. Visualizing and questioning the State of our Life & Planet and the need for taking responsibility for small and huge contemporary and environmental issues. The photographs document and give misplaced objects and found objects a new and or additional meaning, questioning our “modern” way of living.
Photo taken on 7th avenue from a hotel at NYC in 2017
(The Way There Looking Like The Way Back)
“Taken from a moving train between Sheffield and Hull, in the context of commuting to work, this picture somehow tells the story of a future of sustainability fleetingly observed from a chugging technology of the past.”
João Paulo Simões
Creating art helps me process uncomfortable feelings. I’ve overcome a dark time in my life after struggling with ptsd after a traumatic birth. My message to others is talk to family friends and those you trust if you are struggling. It does get better.
The inverted water world
The Netherlands can be seen as water country. This often creates visual wonders. In my photo series ‘’ The inverted water world’’ I want to portray the Netherlands through reflections in water. A reality that is a mirror image , where you feel one with the tangible and intangible reality of the environment. The reflections show the streets after a rain shower. In these moments , nature and transparency play a role , and I have tried to capture these moments in mirror images. The reflections feed your creative gaze and perception. This creates new encounters, in which we experience.
The work represents our partial capacity to look inside ourselves and know how to read ourselves. So, like an unfinished sphere, our mind sifts through our soul analyzing attitudes, desires, personal inclinations but, like a fisherman’s net with a hole in it, much of the collection will inevitably be lost. The result is what we see in the picture, our limited self, imperfect but in its own way seductive.
“I remember everything” (2020)
This picture (and the whole project that comes with it) represents the importance of love, and how much we need to create a connection with the people in our lives. We should not be afraid to feel and express our emotions, even though it makes us vulnerable.
I hope people can see themselves in this feeling of longing, and the peace that comes with it once we feel free to be ourselves around those who matter the most to us.