Title: 1 Year: 2015 Technique/medium:Oilpainting on canvas; Dimensions(in cm): 60×75 cm
Title: 3 Year:2016 Technique/medium:Oilpainting on canvas Dimensions(in cm): 100×100 cm
Title: 8 Year:2016 Technique/medium:Oilpainting on canvas Dimensions(in cm): 103×120 cm
DEGANN also known as Anne de Groot(b. 1989) graduated in 2011 from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam.
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 that what is inside, the intimacy of the sitter’s spirit.
(3) 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 appraoch the invisible, I understand my work better. Famous or Infamous.
(4) degann.com or instagram degann89