Biography

 

I am a collage and photo-montage artist from the Netherlands based in the countryside of Greece, close to Athens. I also teach collage and mixed media workshops to women in Athens, and to women from all over the world who come for an artist coaching residency or a collage workshop. I help my students develop artistic voice: I teach them how to activate their inner world and use their life experiences as a source of inspiration for the discovery of their personal visual language.  

I studied sociology and women’s studies at the University of Amsterdam; later on, I also earned a graduate diploma in cultural management and policy studies at the University of Paris (Dauphine). In 2012 I completed a Master's degree in Art Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the United States. Alongside my formal studies, I worked in the theatre in France (théâtre de la rue) and studied psychodrama in the Netherlands. I began my apprenticeship in the visual arts with ceramics, which I studied in Utrecht, Aix-en-Provence, and Boston.  I taught ceramics for several years at St. Catherine’s British Embassy School. 

Since 1990 I have concentrated my creative work on collage and photomontage.  I followed lessons in collage and mixed media at Athens College and at the University of La Verne in Athens, followed by work under the Chinese artist Yi Chen at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg. Additionally, I have taken painting lessons at the School of Fine Arts in Athens, at the Edinburgh College of Art and under the Austrian painter Xenia Hausner in Salzburg. I have participated in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. I had my first solo exhibition in November 2010 in Athens, called "Portraits in Collage" at Athinais Cultural Centre. My second solo exhibition was held at Ena Contemporary in Athens in 2017.

In 2014 I set up the IRIS ART CENTRE, a centre for art education and artistic coaching in Greece, and in 2020 I published a book "From Art to Empowerment: How Women Can Develop Artistic Voice", an insightful, hands-on workbook that takes women on an empowering journey of self-discovery through artistic expression. At the moment I am in the process of researching the space between art, psychology and spirituality; I am interested in the amalgamation of these three. I am especially interested in the role the imagination plays as a key human capacity and how art-making can foster self-awareness, personal growth and ultimately self-healing. I am developing new teaching material on the subject Art as Self-discovery, and I am making new work on the theme "Enlightenment", in the sense of "speaking one's truth" (Kant) and ultimate individuation (Jung).

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From Art to Empowerment: How Women Can Develop Artistic Voice

 

February 6, 2020

Annette Luycx

 

My hands-on workbook for self-discovery through artistic expression just came out! It is available on Amazon, Archway and Barnes & Noble as a print copy and as an e-book.

“From Art to Empowerment: How Women Can Develop Artistic Voice” By Annette Luycx  ISBN: 978-1-4808-8496-0 (softcover); 978-1-4808-8497-7 (eBook)  Available at the Archway Publishing Online Bookstore, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

https://www.archwaypublishing.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001231818

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Empowerment-Women-Develop-Artistic/dp/1480884960/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=luycx&qid=1582377642&sr=8-1

 

 

It describes the method I have developed over 20 years of working with women in art education. It helps women to look inward, find inspiration in personal experiences and generate their own themes, images and symbols, ultimately discovering what is meaningful to them and learning to express that visually. In the book I lead women through a step-by-step process using self-reflective thinking, visualizing, journaling, and other creative practices. It starts with explaining how to find a personal story that you can use for your art-making and it ends with advice to organize your final exhibition, in order to share your artwork with friends and family.

 

The book has twenty-four practical fun exercises and twelve art assignments that guide you to develop your artistic voice: that unique way of art-making that is so characteristic of who you are, your own style! This book will expand your artistic ability and self-awareness as you work in collage on an issue of personal interest.