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Handiedan

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Handiedan is always inspired by the Golden Ratio, also known as divine proportion, whose presence in all realms from quantum levels to the eternal motion of planets and galaxies is proof of a universal law connecting everything. The pin-ups inhabit a visual world filled with Fibonacci spirals, fractal patterns, planetary charts and the sacred geometric form of the Flower of Life. The bodies and their backdrops are connected through these lines and shapes that either scientifically or symbolically represent the universal harmony ruling nature and life.
The artist makes use of recurrent images that refer to this principle, like the skull commonly used in history of art as a strong visual reminder of the cycle of life and death. In many pieces the presence of a butterfly shape serves as living proof of the natural process of transformation and evolution into a magical even if short-lived creature of beauty.

The background also incorporates ornamental details like old currencies, stamps, music sheets, share certificates, science maps, playing cards and cigar bands, that Handiedan collected from her travels around the world. Each element is filled with hidden personal meanings connected with private events in the life of the artist, while the vintage aspect suggests the items’ hidden stories over time and space, adding to their decorative elegance an evocative power that works both on a personal level and from a cultural point of view.

The pen drawings and doodles 'tattooed' on the bodies and in the background stand for Handiedan's personal involvement in this energy flow. The cartoon-like character of Amėlie peeking out in each work is her alter ego: optimistic and innocent, odd, playful and always curious. Together with the little characters from old video games, her cute presence counter-balances with her simple cheerfulness the complexities of other symbolic references in the works.

Handiedan gathers all those visual fragments that trigger her own personal associations and digitally combines them on the computer following a fast-paced intuitive drive. Once the composition is ready, the creative process shifts into a more meditative slow-paced stage as she assembles the printed layers of paper with refined craftsmanship to form the hand-made piece. Each detail is printed on multiple sheets of paper that are hand cut with masterful precision and carefully pasted layer upon layer until it reaches a sculpted quality. During the assembling stage the found collage material is weaved through the layers and pasted over both the background surface and the three-dimensional parts with meticulous patience and care. As a result, each work carries an organic unity and the many visual motifs used by the artist harmonically coexist in a single yet richly complex experience.
Once the artworks are mounted into antique ornamented frames, they instantly strike for their exuberant liveliness while the countless and apparently hidden details scattered all over the composition ask for the gaze to slowly wander and linger around them.

Each work by Handiedan ideally travels through real and symbolic places distant in time and space. The collage technique naturally lends itself to the combination of diverse elements from different eras and faraway cultures, while the depth resulting from the overlapping layers gives material shape to the fourth dimension enabling to fully experience the interconnectedness and interdependence of everything.

With a background in photographic design (graduated), illustration and graphic design (self taught), Handiedan started working as a mixed media collage artist in 2007.
Her collage artwork has been shown throughout the world including her (sold-out) solo shows, group shows and art fairs with Jonathan LeVine Projects, Roq la Rue, Thinkspace Gallery, Spoke Art/Hashimoto Contemporary, Phone Booth Gallery, Black Book Gallery, Scope, Project Miami in the US, Saatchi and Unit 44 in the UK. Urban Nation Museum in Berlin (part of the permanent collection, Kallenbach Gallery and Vroom & Varossieau in Amsterdam, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome and museum La Halle St. Pierre in Paris with HEY!.

Since 2011 she has taken her collage artwork outside the gallery creating large scale wheat paste collages in Europe and in the United States:
Kaaboo Del Mar, RMP, Richmond VA, 'Wall\Therapy', Rochester NY, 'One Wall' with Urban Nation, Berlin and 'White Walls' with Unit44, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Her art has been featured in several books, magazines and blogs including HEY!, Victionary, Die Gestalten Verlag, BISPublishers, Delayed Gratification, IdN Magazine, NowThen, Monday Inspiration, DPI, Fefe, HiFructose, Juxtapox, Inked Magazine and Mass Appeal.

Always curious and willing to experiment, in 2017 Handiedan engaged in virtual reality using Tilt Brush and she realized Handria, her first 3D VR virtual collage & drawing universe that was presented at Future Play Festival in Edinburgh, UK.
Wescover creator since 2019

Where can you find Handiedan's Items?

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