Collage Portraits

In my collage portraits, I attempt to deconstruct familiar everyday faces, to shed light into the sinews of their being. I strive to merge fantasy and reality in each composition, to blaze parallel paths to the viewer's perception and the subject's deciphered sensibility. The resulting images display new faces that come to life and lead us to the dreamland of human emotions. 



I love human beings in their individual uniqueness and find beauty in the partial concealment of each: we see body and face, hear the voice and receive the self-presentation of each individual – worries and all – and yet a large portion of who they are remains unseen. This is the secret treasure of each person; and it is this that intrigues me, whatever each of us holds back: feelings, remembrances, thoughts, and secrets. 

 

Everybody has her or his own mythology, gods, symbols, monsters, magical animals. Remnants from our children’s world, full of magic, awe, and fear. These memories never leave us, they are buried deep in the soil of our soul.

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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.

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.

Carpe Diem, 2010

photomontage 59 x 65 cm