Visual Artist Tessa Maagdenberg makes abstract paintings on paper. Her art is made with Chinese Ink and acrylic paint on her preferred background, wallpaper. She explores how her mark making and bold strokes and the existing patterns can melt into her very own authentic abstract paintings with a hint of pattern. Her work is about the finding the balance between the juxtaposition of her large scale strokes against the small scale industrial wallpaper patterns and finding the dialogue between the two.
The process of the mark making, the eliminating and re-introducing of parts of the pattern is fascinating to her and the end result should challenge the eyes and the mind.
Her process sometimes results in a single Bold Stroke that demands all attention enhanced by hints of the pattern and sometimes it is necessary to make a more complex composition and a layered abstract image.
In her art the influence of the 17 years she spent abroad are evident. She has lived in various countries in Asia (Japan and Vietnam) and the Middle East (Cyprus and Turkey). In those countries she has worked with local artists and learned from them. Back in the Netherlands she went to art school and opened her beautiful sunlit art studio near the beach in Scheveningen, The Hague. She has worked as an independent artist since 2011.