As the son of a German dolly grip and a governess, I was born in Cologne (1962). In 1981 I graduated from Commercial College, Cologne. Having moved to West Cork, Ireland, in 2003, in 2012 Schlich I embarked on a degree in Visual Arts at Sherkin Island (accredited by Dublin Institute of Technology) and graduated with first-class honours in 2016.
My main concern is the evolutionary origins of fear politics, the exploration of the loss of boundaries between human beings and technology in the 21st Century, the emerging phenomenon of transhumanism in the digital age.
My methodology is the creation of an alter ego, a mythical character, a contemporary manifestation of transhumanism which embodies the symbiotic relationship between the human experience and technology. Through these alter egos I can explore this fatalistic relationship in which human beings are losing their spirituality and seek methods of re-spiritualization through art.
In my studio, I use ritual performance footage as a source of inspiration. I then work with digital and physical media collaging both the charcoal, acrylics and digital to create a final piece of visual work.