After more than a decade of making work that references the wars and their aftermath in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, I decided that it was time to create an outlet within my practice that turns to the process of painting as its subject. This resulted in my most recent set of paintings, titled O.T. (German: Ohne Titel - Untitled). To identify as painter means that I have to ask myself how to consolidate the need for self-expression with the urgency to respond to contemporary events. At the same time, the O.T. paintings are not just an abnormality within my practice. They refer to landscapes which I have been painting on and off for the past two decades. The O.T. landscapes depict imagined places in transformation: areas open up, collide, collapse, melt and reshape. At the same time, these transformations point to the processes of painting which help to evoke a landscape in crisis.