Dutch artist Dorris Vooijs creates collages using old photographs she has collected for years, often they become the basis for her work. Using a mixture of digital sketches, markers, spray paint, threads, ink and paint, she reconstructs the discovered images and converts them into something that is part of her current life and state of mind.
Speaking about the process behind her pieces, Vooijs says: “I like to see what happens when you cross digital stuff and layer that with traditional methods. Building up and peeling pieces away or scratching my way back to the surface, until I feel that it might be time to step back and leave it alone.”
Asked about the meaning behind her work Dorris says: ‘I don’t really talk about the meaning of my work, i feel that it might take away more than it would add. I like what Bowie once said about art: “its meaning is not necessarily that implied by the author. There is no authoritative voice, there are only multiple readings.”
Born in the Netherlands in 1968, as a kid Dorris went to the Waldorf School, which had a big influence on her childhood. She later attended the Academy of Arts in Arnhem and obtained a BFA in Drawing and Art History in Nijmegen. She has worked as a freelance graphic designer and also interior designer. She now works and lives in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.