Linda Coppens Artist Statement

I am a visual artist who enjoys creating colourful abstract paintings.

My artistic theme is about the complexity of the human being and the influence of our past experiences on our current experiences.

Ongoing research and experimentation led me to develop my own techniques for exploring this theme.

I discovered that the oil & cold wax with its soft, transparent consistency is an ideal material for expressing the layered nature of memory, our past experiences. I create a rich and complex surface by applying several layers of oil & cold wax while scratching in it with different tools. The layers refer to the layers of memory and the influence of our past experiences to the present. Each experience is coloured by the foregoing. The transparent or opaque layers in my work refer to these experiences. Each layer shows signs of previous layers and includes pieces of life that are trapped inside. Sometimes these traces and pieces of life come to the surface and determine how the surface looks like, sometimes they stay hidden underneath but there always remain traces.

I also like working in acrylics and mixed media for more experimental and spontaneous work. My biggest pleasure (but sometimes also frustration) lies in creating chaos on the canvas or paper and then taking up the challenge of creating harmony within this chaos. To me, this refers to the increasingly frenetic life and the balance we need to find within.

My work is created by the process itself not by a pre-established plan. By adding new elements, the existing balance is deranged and tension arises. With each layer I seek answers and I will add things to obtain a new equilibrium. Often I destroy sections of the painting and build them up again.

Drawing upon my training as a psychologist I incorporate into my work a variety of ideas, infusing it with another range of textures beyond the pictorial. This gives it a more open-ended character that invites the viewer to appreciate it in her/his own way.