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  • midnightinamsterda

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

October 2020

What are those eeeh... 'scribbles' in your work?

Hahaha, don't worry.. In this work they simply are notes for my expo "Pics Struc- tured" a series of collages and a book. 

I started making collages with all kinds of work related paperwork. 

For years, I printed years on the white backsides of old sheets of paper... 

I worked for my own advertising-agency (for 30 years) so there was a lot to print. And a lot of 'used' paper to print on. Old briefings, work related paperwork, administration, ideas etc. etc.

One day I noticed there where a lot of negative reminders of my work... I started to make collages of these reminders. I combined them with Positive things and memories... These notes - for me - are “! Out with the bad, in with the good ;-)”

That series was named 'Closure' and I must say it helped!

I like to hide all kind of things, let you work. Work to see things. Not too easy, you know.

And you can see the hand of an "Ad-man"; Visual, Heading, bodytext, pay-off...  A classic build up.

What are you working on right now?

A series inspired by my daughter. I learned a lot from her about women rights, gender issues, white ignorance and supremacy. Equality.

Understanding and ignorance. 

Today's no nipple policy (for woman) against old 'nudes' from old masters.

It had to be colorful to hide it’s content. As you can see I had the old "25 gulden" banknotes Ootje Oxenaar's on my mind ;-)

What inspires you?

Beauty and injustice.

Come say hello at @charles_bruijn

  • midnightinamsterda

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

September 2020

Who are you and what kind of art do you make?

I am Irie Wata and I make digital collage art. My works often show optical illusions that give people a new perspective, as well as an escape of reality. You will see a lot of clashes in time and space in my art!

How do you make your art?

I use Photoshop to cut existing photography into different layers, and paste them together to create new realities and worlds. Lately I like to turn landscapes upside down and add people/vehicles in the landscape to give the whole picture another meaning. 

What is your favorite element to use in your collages?

That must be the moon! I have always been fascinated by this celestial body and even though I don't make a lot of galaxy-art anymore, the moon is always something that I often still "need" in a work. 

Come say hello at @irie.wata

  • Donna

Updated: Feb 4, 2021


This morning, at 8 o’clock, I went to the supermarket to buy groceries for the whole week. Corona quarantine days, week 4. 

The streets in De Pijp are very quiet, the restaurants and cafes are closed, the terraces are locked, there is no one.

I had to think about this song “Life during Wartime” from the Talkingheads ( This ain’t no party/this ain’t no disco/ this ain’t no fooling around. No time for dancing, or lovey dovey, I ain’t got time for that now).

De Pijp seems quite desolated these days and there are very few people passing at the art window of

That’s why I decided together with the artists, to make the new expo’s online only for the time being. We will use social media and make some noise.

Don’t forget that art is everywhere around you to make you feel better, the beauty of Dutch tulips is incredible, and I was touched by the birth of a little baby girl just 10 hours ago.

So hang in there guys, life will be better again. In the meantime take very good care of yourself and your loved ones.

Love, Donna

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