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“My paintings do not please, they evoke different emotions, rejection, curiosity, recognition …… the often painted faces …… A face is seldom detached from judgment, I do not paint persons, they are symbols that stand for something, when it symbol would get a face it becomes a person with a character, the universal term that I want to depict is lost.

People and animals figure in all kinds of capacities. Sometimes alone, often several figures on a canvas. People stare at you, whether or not in their nakedness. They seem, lonely, their words dumbfounded. Masks, blindfolds, and face or headless figures can often be seen. My fascination goes out to the emotion. Emotion as a universal fact, independent of culture, race, and zeitgeist. The emotional deformities that occur when young people are taught to behave appropriately. The painting process is the search for what is real and what has been learned or imposed. While painting I search for the objectification of the image that is emerging. By painting away parts of the work or sometimes adding new elements, I “debone” my subject. I try to approach the core, in the end, there is a scene or a frozen play. Layer by layer. Until all that’s left is what really matters. A process of individuation, an expansion of consciousness, takes place in this way, which in the words of Jung “leads to maturity, to what you have always been”. I paint the budding of the female image, no longer hindered by the girl who was hindered by her upbringing and family history.

For my paintings I use an image archive, a collection of images via the internet, from newspapers, and by taking photographs myself. The images I choose are always loaded with memory or recognition. A painting often starts with a collage, which is intuitively composed of this image collection. I prefer to work in acrylic, because this material allows sanding, polishing and washing. I use screen printing and transfer techniques to create depth, sharpening and blurring in the painting.

Sometimes work can take a long time, I do not hesitate to drastically change the image. The work must always meet the criterion that it is “real”. Only then is the work completed.”

Can you tell us about how you got to where you are now?

Thea: I always wanted to become an artist, but I never dared, at a later age I only went to art school, but the preliminary phase consisted of a lot of traveling, reading and thinking about all kinds of life questions and a lot of painting, learning techniques.

Angry Ego

Do you remember when you first knew you were a creative person? What were you doing?

Thea: As a child I won a prize several times with a drawing competition and regularly heard that I was very creative, I was always tinkering, drawing etc.

Blue Lips

How would you describe your work and where do you think it fits within the sphere of contemporary art?

 

Thea: My paintings do not please, they evoke different emotions, rejection, curiosity, recognition, I do not paint people, they are symbols that stand for something, when the symbol gets a face it becomes a person with a character, the universal term that I wanting to depict is thus lost. In the present time, everything is more visible, wanted or unwanted, I make my story, my ideas visible through my art, I also hope to be able to wake up a little, to make me aware.

Catch the Bird

Tell us about your process and in which environment you like to work?

 

Thea: For my paintings I use an image archive, the images I choose are always loaded with memory or recognition. A painting often starts with a collage, composed of an image collection. I prefer to work in acrylic, because this material allows sanding, polishing and washing. I use screen printing and transfer techniques to create depth, sharpening and blurring in the painting. Sometimes a work can take a long time, I do not hesitate to drastically change the image. The work must always meet the criterion that it is “real”. Only then is the work completed. My favorite workplace is my own studio, with all my collections, books and knickknacks around me, where I know my way in every chaos.

Connection

What inspires you at the moment and which other artists do you admire and why?

 

Thea: The emotional deformities that occur when young people are taught to behave appropriately. The painting process is the search for what is real and what has been learned or imposed. While painting I search for the objectification of the image that is emerging. By painting away parts of the work or sometimes adding new elements, I “debone” my subject. I try to approach the core, in the end there is a scene or a frozen play. Layer by layer. Until all that’s left is what really matters. An individuation process, a widening of consciousness, leading to maturity, to what you have always been, takes place in this way. I paint the budding of the female image, no longer hindered by the girl who was hindered by her upbringing and family history. Marina Abramovic, Marlene Dumas, Louise Burguoise, Kiki Smith are artists I admire, they dare to give themselves, spread a story and excite them.

Gimme Shelter

Would life be different if you didn’t act in your creativity? How?

 

Thea: For me, art is research in the broadest sense, learning to look at myself through multiple channels, to develop, to transfer my experiences. In my head it is never silent, painting helps me to organize it, a life without can and passion would mean a very empty life for me.

I miss Me

What serves as a source of motivation when painting?

Thea: For me, painting is a way of life, the stories in my head, the associations that arise from a book, a newspaper article, my life, man and his emotions, remain a fascinating theme for me. The layers that I paint in my work correspond to the layers that I recognize in man, in myself.

The duck is observing

Your art style is a wonderful mix of realism and abstraction. How did it evolve?

Thea: In the past, I painted a kind of landscapes, it was striking that after my mother died in 2014, I started painting many more human figures, in a similar theme, I discovered that there started an investigation into my mother, who was she actually? …… from which I intuitively went deeper.

The unwritten Letter

What are you currently working on?

Thea: I am currently experimenting with making collages from parts of my own work, which I have digitally printed on canvas or acrylic.

Where’s the Angel

How can people follow your news?

 

Website: www.theavos-art.nl

Insta: @ thea.vos

FB: Thea Vos Art

2 Replies to “An interview with Thea Vos”

  1. Dank je wel voor je ontzettend interessante uitleg, die mij helpt om beter te zien wat achter je prachtige schilderijen zit.

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