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#10 Natasja Mabesoone : The Portmanteau Princess
In this temporary world, we’ve launched The Art Series, providing you with an access to exclusive artworks specially made for our community. Every Friday, you, as a Subbacultcha member, will get a work made by local and international creatives.
This week all members will receive an A3 print of Natasja's drawing, titled The Portmanteau Princess. You're not a member yet and want to get this exclusive piece? Become a member before 5 June.
Her work consists of layered etchings and drawings, often shown in a handmade frame. In the soft ground etchings, known by their French name ‘vernis mous’, various objects, like flowers, fabrics, and embossed paper, are pressed into a varnish before placing the plate into a mordant. This fundamental layer concedes additional imagery (drawings or monoprints) to waft on top of, through or underneath a background made out of coloured soft ground etching. Her pictorial vocabulary derives from bus trips, cartoons, elements of board games, Hannah Weiner, the animal kingdom, the hermetic poems of Stephane Mallarmé, Sudoku and word play.
In each work, a different protagonist is staged using seemingly ingenuous depictions of everyday highs and lows. The narrative in her work doesn’t necessarily require a plot. Rather, the narrative potential lies in the imagery, the materiality and the underlying cultural associations or imaginary and its etymological framework.
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