about the artist
Bianca Severijns creates her artworks through a conscientious exploration of paper. Her self-developed techniques to manipulate paper is based on layering, merging and weaving rough hand-torn pieces. Severijns is and Dutch-Israeli self-taught artist that 5 years ago established her “Peace of Paper” studio in the Tel Aviv area. She explains her avid affection for paper: “Paper is as vulnerable, fragile and humble as a material, as it is strong, decisive and powerful! For me paper is a material that can be freely worked, with an unlimited amount of possibilities and challenges”.
In the “Earth Skin Series”, Severijns’ artworks focus on paper texture and abstract compositions that are inspired by nature. She is especially intrigued by the cycle point at which there is total bareness, vulnerability, decay and disintegration. She captures these temporalities by photographing nature, mostly in a contrasting urban setting, and uses the images as a source of inspiration. The decay can be observed in her works Leaves Gathering (2015) and Grasslands (2016) in which fallen leaves and dried-up grass portray the moment just before the stage of rotting, yet still graceful and beautiful.
In her recent works Severijns seeks to explore the theme of displacement and how the stages of nature intertwine with the human conditions such as being uprooted, nesting, enmeshment and revival.
In the “Uprooted Series” Severijns depicts key elements of: tension, separation and isolation that express our fragility and vulnerability when uprooted. Uprooting is a multi-layered cyclical sequence of destruction and regeneration, the paradox of stagnation and the opportunity for growth. The artist feels a strong correlation between her work process and chosen theme: her hand-tearing technique functions as a metaphor of being torn away from all ties and belongings. The color used is often monochromatic - 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. While the labor intensiveness overlaps, the time needed to re-root in one’s new soil. In Tension & Chaos (2017) the layered texture, created by wrinkled, woven and folded paper, along with the chosen color schemes aim to capture the global, regional and personal dimensions of uprooting.
Simultaneously, Severijns is working on a “Nesting Series”, the logical continuation of rebuilding ones “nest” (home) after being displaced. An abandoned bird nest inspired the artist to give life to paper nests woven into paper tapestry murals which resulted in Nesting 1 (2016) and Nesting 2 (2016). Within the Nesting Series she also created paper nesting vessels, that explore the 3D effect and push the limits of paper.
Severijns artworks maintain a pure and hand-made feel that tell stories which carry imperfections symbolic of life itself.