annedegroot

I create to expose what lies beyond my surface. I am acute observer of life. 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.

 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. 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. However, by capturing this feeling, do I not make myself visible in the work? When viewing my work, the spectator might recognize the feeling I try to seize, but that does not necessarily means he will also see me, I ponder. I seek to represent the people and objects around us not as they appear but by the feeling that is embedded in them and which reaches me when I closely observe them. I aim to represent a world in which I can find and understand myself and therefore also those around me. Yet, I do believe that it will never be possible to fully understand both yourself and others. It is the mystery that humanity bears.