Jan Koke, Foto: Eric Anders

Jan Koke

Foto: Eric Anders


“I think letters are universal and individual at the same time – almost all people use font in one way or another to express themselves. In my work I try to break down letters to the lowest common denominator and to free them from cultural influences. I would like to know how they work to get closer to your original being and to develop a universal language. In this language I tell my subjective stories in which the signs shift into the abstract. This translation of inner experiences into a visual language and the mapping of an authentic self-image in combination with what is common to all people excites me.”

After many smaller experiments with different materials and a steadily increasing interest in depicting plasticity in my pictures, this work is now my first, larger sculpture. For me it was exciting to leave my usual environment of painting and to get involved with a completely new medium and material.

Jan Koke lives and works in Hamburg.


Portfolio Paper 2021
Portfolio 2021

Nothing Is Unstable (2021)

In my sculpture “Nothing Is Unstable” I deal with the question of how something comes about from nothing. Nothing and its counterpart something, their duality, their mutual dependence and the transition from one state to the other fascinate me.

My sculpture is intended to draw attention to this fundamental law of nature and raise the question of the extent to which this duality of things can also be transferred to other areas of life.