The work of Dieuwke Spaans shows transformations of human beings, sometimes figures from the history of film and painting are the startingpoint. Although her work doesn't refer to earlier movements in traditional art, it's one of her sources of inspiration. Books, film and television give her the reasons to create and explore images. In the collages she adorns their appearance with new elements. They transform in strange creatures that have undergone physical mutations. With humour and aesthetics Spaans tries to seduce the viewer so she can lead them to the layers underneath, to reveal the uncanny questions with their hope and longing. Then drawing and painting are added, which are the main force, giving line and direction to the works. Spaans adds ornaments, symbols, or projects animal characteristics onto her subjects, showing people in their beastlike nature. At the same time they look deformed and threatened. She scratches thin lines in the black surface and in the collages. The choice of material is a result from a daily practice of collagemaking: a direct response to her visual environment. On the whole, her work offers a perspective from the glossy surface of everyday life into a mysterious interior world, where time is not present.
Dieuwke Spaans was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 2001-2002.
She won the Koninklijke Subsidie voor Vrije Schilderkunst (NL) in 1997 and 1998.
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