Digital mark-making

These colorful squiggles are inspired by graphics which I first designed on my iPad. Using digital brushes offers me the possibility to treat mark-making systematically. Although these are initially created with spontaneous gestures, their configuration in the composition is precisely formulated. I then trace and paint these by regarding them as motifs. The objective is to unite digital aesthetic with a hand-crafted sensibility. I deliberately allow brush-marks in their making, and I also try not to make them look too perfect when inspected closely. Technology offers me the freedom to explore otherwise unconceivable shapes, which in return allows exponential possibilities for compositions.


Still in progress.


DESIGN, SHAPE AND RHYTHM

I wanted these black straight-edge lines to feel disconnected from the layer underneath. However, I wanted them to engage in a dialogue with the curvy grey shape. To achieve that, I executed them with a similar design approach - A network of various lines joined together. Imitating the architecture while using a different shape and modifying the rhythm resulted in what feels like a conversation between two wandering strangers. Abstract painting offers exponential possibilities when it comes to decision making like these. It commands constant questioning and makes it such an exciting process.


Still in progress…


Distance & Contrast


The black and ochre layers were created with a lean and super matte finish, as well as showing very minimal brush strokes. In contrast, I choose to paint the pink wiggly mark with a thick and sheeny layer. This strategy offered maximum contrast and distance between those layers. It resulted in a bold impact, which is setting the grounds for the character of this painting.

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