thysart - artist statement
2012 was a very big year for me, both personal and artistic. I moved back from London to the Netherlands when my long-term relationship ended unexpectedly. The break up and the subsequent remigration forced me to reevaluate my life and myself. After returning to the Netherlands my work changed dramatically. The traditional technique of oil painting I was using at the time did not seem appropriate for the transition I felt I was in. I uncovered new parts of myself and with it a technique that I am still elaborating on today. The move away from London lead to a series of cutout paper birds, symbolizing a new found freedom and the joy in the journey of self (re-)discovery. When I started, I was shy and worked on small timid birds. As time passed and I regained consciousness of who I am and the person I had lost in someone else, my birds grew in size and complexity. No feather is the same, every cut is unique, and as I continue to develop myself, me and my birds fly higher and wider than ever before.