Dutch artist Handiedan‘s artistic universe revolves around some leading visual motifs and yet it amazes thanks to its complexity, both in terms of formal composition and in terms of the collage technique she uses for making them. These two aspects together determine the irresistible charm of her art.
Undisputed protagonists of Handiedan‘s sculptural digital and hand-cut collages, her artwork immediately recall the burlesque genre, with the female subject looks like something in between an orientally adorned femme fatale from a noir film, a sexually joyful pin-up from a 1950’s calendar and a tattooed rockabilly gal. However if we look into them further many sources of inspiration are revealed: the Neo-Classical and Victorian ages, the Parisian Belle Époque, up to the 1940’s and Post-War sexy imagery.
The background is as much intriguing as the feminine creatures emerging from it. Filled with elegantly decorative motifs, patterns and hidden meanings, the ornamental backgrounds are composed out of imagery like antique currencies, vintage sheet music, postage stamps and old playing cards.
The work is completed by Handiedan’s own drawings and pen doodle character, called ‘Amélie, marking both the background and the body parts of the pin-ups.
Mounted into antique ornamented frames, the works are finally ready in all their exuberant liveliness.
Each artwork is digitally composed through by assembling pre-existing images, followed by a complex hand cut paper layering process. With the combination of both digital and hand cut collage, Handiedan not only gives her artwork a three-dimensional quality in technique, but also gives her design a kaleidoscopical multi-dimentional quality in subject matter.
Handiedan’s art works as a treasure trove of symbols and patterns scattered on the background and in tattoos in form of decorative symbolism and hidden meanings, with a focus on Quantum Physics, Metaphysics, Mythology, Sacred Geometries, Cosmology, Astronomy and Space and Time theories.
With a background in photographic design (graduated), illustration and graphic design (self taught), Handiedan started working as a mixed media collage artist in 2007.
Her artwork has been shown throughout the world including her sold-out solo shows at Roq la Rue and Thinkspace Gallery, and shows & fairs at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Spoke Art/Hashimoto Contemporary, Scope and Project Miami, Phone Booth Gallery and Black Book Gallery in the US, Saatchi and Unit44 in the UK, Kallenbach Gallery in Amsterdam, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome and Museum La Halle St. Pierre in Paris.
Mural projects like RMP in Richmond, ‘Wall\Therapy’ in Rochester NY, ‘One Wall’ with Urban Nation in Berlin and ‘White Walls’ with Unit44 in Newcastle.
Her art has been featured in several books, magazines and blogs including Victionary, Die Gestalten Verlag, HEY!, BISPublishers, Delayed Gratification, IdN Magazine, NowThen, Monday Inspiration, DPI, Fefe, HiFructose and Juxtapox.
Female Mixed Media Artist
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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