Christmas holidays, creating new habits, exploring resin.
Throughout the year, I collect a lot of images. Often these are pictures of animals that remind me of fables or pictures that evoke a nostalgic feeling. Sometimes I can’t explain what inspires me in those images, but I immediately feel the urge to do something with them.
By now, I already have a bookcase full of binders filled with saved images. Sometimes it takes years before I pick up a picture again. But the feeling remains as soon as I see it.
Over the Christmas holidays, I got the idea to go through my collection again and find out if they could have a place in my work. Being in between exhibitions, I had time to do some experimenting with materials and I had a commission for an eye study which I also wanted to make.
I started trying some different compositions and colour combinations and I worked with gold leaf for the first time.
The result was a series of small works on wood, finished with gold leaf and resin. Resin is a UV-resistant protective coating that gives the colours more depth and turns a painting into a beautiful art object that can be hung or placed in different places.
Also, when I’ve worked with collage, I like the way it brings everything together. It does require a lot of preparation and a clean workplace, which was a bit of a challenge for me, but I am getting the hang of it.
The resin coating I used is from Flowresin (nonspon) and consists of two components. Calculating the right proportions was challenging for me because the ratio was 64/36 and I don’t really excel at maths, but I managed. Depending on how much you used, you’ll have about 20 to 40 minutes to process it before it starts to harden.
These little paintings have already found new homes, but I will add more to my webshop as soon as I finish another series.