Kirsten Wagenaar

About

The need to express myself has always been high. Whether it was speaking, singing, writing, acting, drawing or painting. From an early age I’ve been involved in theater plays, musical groups and choirs. Beside that I’ve always been attracted to paper and it’s endless possibilities.

In high school my preferred program was drawing. My passion for the subject resulted in the highest grade of the courses I followed. After high school I spend two years in Florence, Italy, where I took up drawing and painting lessons.

Leaving those inspiring years behind me, I returned to The Netherlands to start University. Five years later I graduated and obtained my masters degree in psychology.

During my last years of study I developed an interest in collage; an easy and fast way to give shape to the images in your mind. The quality, texture and form of the paper directly influence the work process and the work itself. No specific art schooling is necessary as long as you have a good set of eyes and a direct need to create. Whether done smoothly or roughly, results are immediate and strong. I started experimenting with the technique in 2000. Very quickly it became clear that my biggest inspiration comes from nature.

I like to use a normal pair of scissors, some glue and a piece of thick paper to glue it all on to. A finished collage work may include newspaper clippings, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs and such.

“With eyes and mind open – notice, observe, see and understand – INSPIRATION – simplify, create and pass it on”

  1. “With eyes and mind open – notice, observe, see and understand – INSPIRATION – simplify, create and pass it on”

    Very nice, and you do. Enjoy and inspire.

    Ciao, Arjan

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