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Stimulated by the urban space with its weathering processes and the most diverse human influences such as art (street art), graffiti, dirt or destruction, I discovered my painting.
I was fascinated by the walls marked by time, smeared with doodles, painted over or covered with posters. The traces that time painted there stimulated my imagination and I discovered stories and independent pictorial worlds in them.
The fascination that decay produces something new grabbed me. This discovery changed the way I work. I began to work on acrylic glass plates and used the transparency to integrate light as a transient element in the pictures and to provoke coincidence by placing the plates one behind the other.

Painting is an experiment for me, at the beginning I have no idea what I will encounter. Through my way of working, I try to maintain an openness for as long as necessary and only take a direction after laying a lot of groundwork. The working process includes pouring, printing, drying, painting, drawing, tearing off paper and scratching, all leaving artistic traces. After leaving traces, I look for forms that result from wiping or scratching away, that create themselves. It's like digging up lost things.

In contrast to the landscape-like acrylic glass panels, the focus of the paintings on canvas is on the body. The artistic traces that I first lay here also provoke the form. What interests me most here is the surprise I encounter in the creation process. It is important to me to keep the space open enough to allow my own interpretation of the picture.

I would like to suggest and encourage you to become an explorer in the picture yourself.


©2023 Elis Vermeiren

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