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New EXPO; La volière (the birdhouse)

Marjan Jaspers has created a very unique birdhouse: a world of thingish things, full of birds and growings.

In this birdhouse no two works are the same, not in shape, not in size, not in character and certainly not in material.

They are all part of one big family in a wonderful world where fantasy knows no limits and where you can only hope to be part of as a human being.

Marjan makes paintings, sculptures and video-paintings.

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How and when did this all start?


I’ve always had a creative soul. I started painting at an early age and when I was 13 years old, I did some painting on ceramics and wine bottles. I even sold my first art at that age.


Then life happened. I had to choose a career and move to Holland ( I am originally from Brazil), learn English and Dutch and finish my studies as a Multimedia Designer. I got my first job and worked for 14 years as a Multimedia Designer in different companies.


In 2019, I started creating many abstract digital works for fun, playing with 3D shapes and motion. It then occurred to me that I was missing something in my work, even though I did not know exactly what it was. But finally, I was brave enough to quit my job and start exploring more creative areas again!


I came across Fluid Art and was amazed how this technique gives you so much freedom and can bring you into a state of flow. Being totally absorbed in the process and creating unique abstract and cosmic artworks. When I paint, I feel deeply at peace with my surroundings. It’s like swimming in colourful water without getting wet.


What kind of materials are used?


Fluid Art has different techniques, I use acrylic pouring, alcohol inks, and epoxy resin to make abstract art full of colour, movement and dimensionality.

Acrylic Pouring is a fascinating fluid painting technique. It is based on acrylic paint, which can be brought into a liquid, pourable consistency with the addition of water. Depending on the technique, this liquefied paint is then poured into each other or poured onto the canvas and distributed by tilting the painting surface.


Alcohol inks are brightly coloured dye-based paints that are most often used in creating free-flowing textures.


Epoxy resins are a two-component system consisting of resin and hardener. By mixing the two components, a chemical reaction occurs so that the liquid resin gradually hardens to a solid plastic. The result is a high-gloss, clear surface. I combine ink, acrylic and colour pigments to create colourful artwork.


What is your way of working?


My work is inspired by the flow between three worlds: creative light, infinite imagination, and the practical realities of cause and effect. I have a fascination with the cosmos and the organic movements in nature. There is where I get my inspiration, and before I start to paint, I work on some rough sketches and experiment with different colour combinations.


come say hello at @ceemyvision

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How and when did this all start?

The Corona crisis did not only bring bad things but also some good.

I just graduated from the St. Joost School of Art & Design. My specialization is illustration and animation. I unexpectedly worked a lot of hours in my atelier. In one year time I created my own world: Planet Why.

This first series of art works are inspired by my perception of the universe: a place full of organic, winding, abstract shapes, lively colours and reflecting surfaces. I love colour, shine and bling. It may shine!


What kind of materials are used?

In order to let the paper glare I work with various leaf metals, like Gold Leaf.

I didn’t have any experience with this material, but after many experiments I have developed my own technique.

I use the adhesive (also my own recipe) like paint and apply it on paper with a small brush.

This creates a kind of invisible paint, on which I apply pieces of leaf metal.

The loose pieces that lay against each other create one surface.

After doing that, I start brushing and the shape appears (everywhere I applied adhesive to the paper, the leaf metal will stick).

At first the surface is still rather uneven, but I continue brushing until it almost looks like a mirror.

In this way, the reflecting effect is at it's most and it gives a beautiful contrast with the rough and mat chalk paint.


What is your way of working?

Prior to the painting process, I make drafts in my sketch book.

I can’t create on command, I really need to work in a flow. It is ideal to work and live in the same place. When I get inspiration, I jump out of bed and get straight behind my work table.

My pencil flows instinctively on the paper, because I practically already have the shape in my fingers, it just needs to get on paper.


Come say hello at @why_yvetteheeren