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The making of “ANXIETY”

The mixed media piece “ANXIETY” was created on my own handmade paper. It is a special feeling to create your art on a surface you have produced from scratch all by your own hands.

I am a beginner when it comes to paper making so there is a lot of trial and error. But I find the whole process extremely satisfying. First collecting all the paper that is just about to be thrown away, rip it into pieces and then the very physical act of creating the paper sheets, waiting for it to dry and lightly letting the hand glide over the surface touching the fibres and raw texture. It is beautiful!

For the artwork “ANXIETY” I didn’t use any sizing on the surface which meant it absorbed everything! Since I wanted to work with liquid paint for this piece I wasn’t sure about the result but proceeded anyway. I love to experiment and enjoy the unpredictability! As with most of my faces and portraits I use my own face as a starting point. I am not looking for a realistic self-portrait, it is just a source of inspiration and guidance.

It went well using the liquid paint on the surface, not completely as wanted or expected but still something I liked and could work with. I am very fascinated by hands and had an idea about incorporating hands into the composition. After a couple of sketches and having slept on it I decided to add the hands and incorporated them into the composition using charcoal.

I really like this piece. It is strong and expressive and I think it tells my story well. It is raw, emotional and honest. I hope you like it too…

Finished artwork “ANXIETY”: Contact me here for information if you would like to purchase this mixed media artwork.

“Anxiety”. Mixed media on my own handmade paper. 39 x 39 cm. Framed.

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