The painter Degann, Amsterdam (www.degann.com):
My paintings and watercolours are vivid and aesthetically liable images that sometimes disguise an atrabilious element. Mental vulnerability and transience are central themes in the work. The multiple layers in the paintings create an elusive form. Like light, the works are simultaneously fleeting and present. This corresponds with my perception of paintings as breathing organisms. This is why they are not made as mere artistic statements, but originate from a sincerely felt inner necessity. I search for shapes that intrigue and convince me. In my portraits I do not paint faces, but heads, which for me creates a different sense of intimacy. I see the face as a structured spatial order covering the head, which houses the soul.
I don’t work towards mimesis but towards a possible temporary essence of the portrayed, which is often introspective and removed. The transparency of the layers of paint creates discolorations on the surface. These aqueous spots that deform the shape of the heads approach at what is inside, the intimacy of the sitter’s spirit. 

I DO NOT KNOW
In this series “I do not know”, I create to expose what lies beyond my surface. Sharing my work enables me to project my vision of the world around me on those that inhabit that world. Their eyes looking through my eyes. Communicating with the world around me is not easy. By sharing that what I create, letting go of the visual in my work and approach the invisible, I understand my work better.
In order to seek for the “I” I have started my quest with the depiction of family photos. I aim at capturing the feeling that emerges when I look at these photos. It is an investigation to the elevated “I” that knows more than I know. With ink I have been sketching this feeling repeatedly, getting nearer to its essence every time. It can be found in the introvert soul that stares at me, shining through the gaze of absence of the portrayed on the old photos.
The black ink I have purposely chosen is representative of the layers of the individual, there is more to it than just darkness.
By trying to catch the abstract concept of a feeling, I seek to let go of the aesthetic values tied to representation. I care about approaching the essence of a feeling.


Title: 1 ; Year: 2015 
Technique/medium: Oilpainting on canvas

Dimensions(in cm): 60×75 cm
Title: 2 ; Year:2016
Technique/medium: Oilpainting on canvas
Dimensions(in cm): 100×100 cm
Title: 3 ; Year:2016
Technique/medium: Oilpainting on canvas
Dimensions(in cm): 100×100 cm


Title: 4 ; Year:2016
Technique/medium: Oilpainting on canvas
Dimensions(in cm): 100×110 cm


Title: 5 ; Year:2016
Technique/medium: Oilpainting on canvas
Dimensions(in cm): 40×40 cm


Title: 6 ; Year:2016
Technique/medium: Oilpainting on canvas
Dimensions(in cm): 75×95 cm
Title: 7 ; Year:2016
Technique/medium: Oilpainting on canvas
Dimensions(in cm): 44×44 cm


Title: 8 ; Year:2016
Technique/medium: Oilpainting on canvas
Dimensions(in cm): 103×120 cm



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