A play on words as it sounds like the german word for fandom, but reads more like phantom with a hint of doom. I consider fandom to be something very visible, but any fandom is based on a phantom of the real thing.
This painting was done specifically for the exhibition "COMMON FANDOM TERMS" curated by Titania Seidl. Trying to imagine a fandom I was already part of was difficult. After testing two other ideas, that felt too distant from my personal experience, I wound up trying to create a handy painting that would express the ambiguity of any fandom by means of my own preferences. It's indirect and a little difficult to read but once you understand the language you can access the culture fully.
To me a fan is someone who popularises certain aspects of culture by means of creating connections in the network of the subject.