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Paper Art – Bianca Severijns – Displacement Series

Paper art – Bianca Severijns – Displacement Series

Dear friends, blogging this time about my own paper art!

Over the past year my paper art has focused on abstracting the essences of Earth skins like: Leaves Gathering & Grasslands. I am especially intrigued by the cycle point at which there is total bareness, vulnerability, decay, and disintegration; the feeling of being transient in the world, of having only a temporary presence. As source of inspiration for my paper art I am photographing nature in states of total bareness and decay.

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Grasslands & Leaves Gathering form the Earth Skins Series

My recent works in the “Displacement” series I continue to explore stages of nature and intertwine them with the human conditions like being uprooted, nesting, enmeshment and revival.

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Nesting 2 – Displacement Series

As a Dutch-Israeli artist I have uprooted myself. Uprooting is painful. It makes people very vulnerable. But uprooting is also optimistic, an opportunity for growth. Whether used as a metaphor for emigration or to describe the botanical action – uprooting is a multi-layered cyclical sequence of destruction and regeneration which I seek to investigate, blend, and reflect in my art.

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Uprooted – Displacement Series

The artwork “Uprooted” I created in my beloved paper medium, using hand-torn pieces, multi layering techniques and weaving. My hand-tearing technique functions as a metaphor of being torn away from all ties and belongings. The color is monochromatic white for as white is free of any symbol, association or values – much the same as the uprooted feeling of no longer belonging to one’s native cultural and emotional soil. The layered texture and monochromatic color scheme aim to capture global, regional, local, familial and personal dimensions of uprooting on the one hand while on the other hand forming a unified holistic and humanistic theme.

Amazingly and quite artistically, the force of environmental-nature and of human-nature has the capacity to rise from this low point into a phase of renewal, bloom, and liberation.

For me as a natural follow up of uprooting is the stage of nesting. Sharing with you my latest artworks dealing with nesting while I continue to explore this intriguing theme in my paper art.

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Nesting 1 – Displacement Series

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Bianca Severijns inspiration photos of nature

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Bianca Severijns inspiration photos of nature

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Paper Earth Skins – Bianca Severijns

Blog Paper Earth Skins Bianca Severijns

The various skins of earth resemble an amazing organ: new layers are born, they breathe, age, are constantly re-created and lost.

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During my visit to the desert, I was awestruck by the beauty of the marks, forms, patterns, formations and diversity of the earth’s layers. Each layer of earth embeds a story, a memory, or perhaps a scar caused by wind, water, drought, and time. I frenetically began photographing beautiful twig patterns and intriguing soil designs, knowing in the back of my head that these images might not be there tomorrow.

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A wealth of inspiration sprouted from these beautiful earth layers and engulfed me. Back in my studio, I started making paper sketches abstracting the essence of the earth’s layers and skins. As my friends know, I have been transitioning my artworks from female (feminine) subject matters to abstract monochromes. The new sketches are experimental and embossed, and I have dared to step out of 2D layering by creating reliefs, depths and heights, while simultaneous discovering new elements within my beloved paper medium.

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Driven by this new creative energy, my small visual poetics (paper sketches) became the starting point for new artworks. I am translating my recent fascination for natural textures, organic formations and soil layers into paper artworks, which will celebrate and nourish the beauty of earth.

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Just to show you how inspiring beautiful earth skins can be, take a look at the following photos by Joshua Nowicki, a St. Joseph-based photographer. While exploring the shores of Lake Michigan, he stumbled onto the following sand tower formations that were formed when blasts of winds slowly eroded layers of frozen sand. In one word: breathtaking!

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Embroidery in Paper Art

In recent years, there has been a movement towards handcraft in the art and design world. We harbor a desire to reacquaint ourselves with workmanship and traditional labor intensive techniques. As a result, a new generation of artists is using hand stitch embroidery techniques to create entire artworks, some combining it with different mediums.

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Stitching can be a form of criticism against the instant gratification of our fast moving world. It can also be viewed as a metaphor for social cohesion and togetherness. Or it can simply be used for its intimate character. As an artist, I am happy with the revival of embroidery and the beauty of the rawness of the stitch.

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That is why it was pure joy to encounter South African artist Nicholas Hlobo at the Tate Modern. While looking at his works, I experienced a sense of excitement and enlightenment, for Hlobo plays with the contrast of femininity and masculinity in both his sculptures and paper artworks. Hlobo uses stitching and weaving, which are traditionally undertaken by women in South Africa, on masculine materials such as rubber car tires or sharp cut paper. In his works, he attempts to create conversations with the viewer that explore complex social issues of gender, race and ethnicity.

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Nicholas Hlobo Embroidery in Paper Art detail “Macaleni Iintozomlambo”

The “baseball” stitch is a repetitive signature in many of Hlobo’s artworks and sculptures. It is both powerful and decorative. His stitching technique and 3D use of paper in his tactile, intricate artwork titled “Macaleni Iintozomlambo” is truly a source of inspiration for me!

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Bianca Severijns Embroidery in Paper Art detail

For me, paper is still the medium I am most happy to express myself. The manual and handcrafted execution in my paper art is essential to my work. The labor intensive requirement to shred and tear different forms of paper comes close to the hand labor of stitching and embroidery. That is why for me it felt natural to start experimenting with stitching on paper.

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In my two most recent paper artworks, I have implemented hand stitching directly to the canvas or on the shredded pieces of paper. New insights have arisen by exploring and combining stitching. The visual poetry of my new works are emphasized by the way my work is layered. There is something interesting to discover from far away as well as from up close. It is so exciting to keep on exploring embroidery in paper art!

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Bianca Severijns Artist Statement

Bianca Severijns Artist Statement:

My art is a physical representation of my ongoing reflective journey. It is paper art, molded by instinct and an intellect influenced by intuition. My art begins with virginal white paper, on its way to becoming something else, an alteration, a complex form. My medium is paper pieces, hand-torn with a gentle physicality that removes the newborn softness and creates a unique ruggedness that contains encounters, travels, reflections, love, loss and happiness. Each layer is composed of paper pieces in all shapes and sizes, which serve as a basis for the next layer, minute, day, year or experience. Everything is dynamic, a manifestation of the patterns, rhythm and exploration that is life. Everything is stop, regulation and boundary-free. It is a process steeped in femininity and labor, which attempts to reach the ultimate goal of purity and peace, not settling for anything less than the glorious artistic multi-dimensional adventure.

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“Pregnant”

Great thanks to Guli Cohen Photographer

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Bianca Severijns Paper Sketches

Bianca Severijns – Paper Sketches

In many ways, writing about one’s art is like demystifying the process of art making. Although I am passionate about writing blogs about other paper artists, it is kind of hard for me to reveal my own art process. It would totally freak me out to imagine myself in a transparent studio exposing my art-making to passing-byers, like those restaurants where diners can see straight into the kitchen. Not that I have anything to hide, but for me the working process of art is like a private voyage of discovery and an experiment with the self.

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That said, there is one thing about my working process I am willing to share: my paper art journal. At the beginning of this year, I began collecting my paper sketches which normally would have ended up in the bin. I consider this art-journal as a playground for possible new beginnings. It offers an opportunity for inspirational new try-outs of paper shredding techniques. I can play around freely and even throw sewing, folding, painting, embroidery and cutting into the mix.

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The paper sketches collected in my journal can be awkward, even ugly, but also wildly beautiful. They all honor the process. Some are layered paper surfaces that draw the eye inwards and beg to be touched, while others reflect my interest in patterns and rhythms. Though my artworks depict recognizable subjects, somehow my paper sketches stay abstract and don’t connect to the real world. One thing’s for sure: with these sketches, the emphasis is on my intuitive search and experimentation.

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As an artist, I feel privileged to be a part of the magic that comes with creating extraordinary things. When I started to devote more of myself to art, I came to the understanding that art equals freedom. Freedom in experimenting with (my own) techniques and exploring the depth of paper. That’s why I see my paper sketches as a fantastic tool for enriching my art! Sharing them with you, in some odd way, feels like revealing part of my working process without sitting in a transparent studio.

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Images of Bianca Severijns Paper Sketches

Bridal dress paper art Bianca Severijns

Paper Art Bridal Dress – Bianca Severijns

For my new planned series of artworks I have embraced the idea of combining female images with sensuality and personal intensity. It is a continuation of my exploration of women during various stages of life, as well as my desire to capture woman’s fragile beauty.

I am therefore delighted to have completed the first piece of this new series of paper art, titled “Bridal Dress”. When I made this piece of paper art I immensely enjoyed designing the dress part. From up close, one finds in the garment the complexity of hundreds of hand-torn snippets which create a lace-like-look with paper, while the body parts are covered with delicate tattoo/ henna imagery. Both express my love for motifs and patterns.

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One can also perceive my new use of color, as I have aspired to use tones of water, leaving bright vibrant colors behind. The smaller size of “Bridal Dress” has not only refined my layer techniques, but also allowed me to experiment, throughout the work process, with new ways of shredding.

This artwork’s zero-gravity, floating-in-universe feel enhances the picture’s mystery, yet it is charged with positive energy and intense dynamics. To sum up, I continue to surprise myself with the possibilities of paper.

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Bridal Dress
Size: 190cm x 90cm
Paper Art Bridal Dress currently shown at: Peace of Paper Studio
This paper artwork is available for purchase. Please contact me for further details

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Paper Art Unfold

I am currently working on a new paper artwork which celebrates my bridal dress. Although I am married, I was never the owner of one of those extravagant wedding dresses, as in my time it was pretty cool to marry “freestyle”. So you can imagine how much fun I’m having designing one now, even if it is on paper.
I think this post will satisfy those among you who are fascinated with “the process” (as opposed to “the result”) and the way things tend to unfold, as these featured images unfold the beginning steps of my work process.

These days my choice of colors is influenced by water, as I am absolutely fascinated by the “underwater feel”. In this work, I have left behind the use of bright vibrant colors and instead painted a wide selection of watery turquoise greens and light ocean blues, combined with soft warm greys.

It’s always a thrill to draw the initial sketch on the attached pieces of carton knowing that from this moment onwards, my fantasy is about to become real.

My desire and challenge was to create a lace-like-look with paper. So I dived into some textile books to unravel the world of lace techniques. I ended up finding lots of inspiration, and obviously could not resist giving it my very own artistic twist.

With great devotion and loads of patience, I eagerly began the labor of shredding and tearing hundreds and hundreds of snippets to complete this new work. What excites me here, as well as with my other works, is the feel and effect of the various layers of paper. It’s a movement and sensation that I like to call 2 ½ dimensions, as I feel like I’m painting with paper.
Thank you for bearing witness to my paper art in process…I continue with an open mind, ready to embrace whatever happens along the way! Enjoy, Bianca