Dieuwke Spaans creates collages that are made up of what she calls 'everyday imagesí. Those everyday images are existing images, fragments that she extracts from their original contexts - from an extensive archive of existing visual material such as books, newspapers and magazines - in order to use them as building blocks for a new reality. In a casual manner she consequently associates her work with the contemporary discourse in which the current relevance of (modernist) tradition is sought. In recent work Spaans has been seeking, as she herself describes it, 'the essence'. The work is empty, quiet, contemplative and sensory, yet even more emotionally charged than previous work. The collages are made of found images, including empty flyleaves in a wide variety of shades of white. The focus has shifted from nature to form, construction, repetition, to traces of human presence expressed in structure and patterns. The suggestion of spatiality, linked with an emphasis on material and texture, betrays her way of dealing with the idea of beauty.
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