I long for an unknown place. The image seems to come from a dream, merged with my imagination. I keep searching for that one place and travel to foreign environments. In buildings I see a rigid and endless existence, while in and around the fleeting human lives take place. I feel a melancholy for the transcience of things. I paint the urban environment and focus on its structure. It seems as if I cling onto it in the wish to perpetuate my own fleeting existence.
Dutch artist Yana Poppe makes paintings, linocut and woodcut prints and light objects. Yana mainly uses Mino washi paper. It's a very strong paper and has a beautiful soft, almost silky, touch and appearance. Because of its vivid colors and texture, she prefers using Japanese pigments.
In 2011 Yana studied traditional Japanese painting at the Nagoya Zokei University in Japan. A year after her graduation at the Minerva Art Academy, Yana returned to Japan where she stayed as 'artist in residence' in Mino. Go to Mino AiR Blog to read about her experiences.
Yana's interest in the Japanese crafts inspired her to learn about woodblock printing. In 2014 she had the opportunity to stay at the printmaking studio in Akiruno, Japan. In 2015 Yana again stayed in Mino to learn more about the process of making Mino washi paper. To read about the artist residence in Akiruno, as well as her time studying papermaking in Mino, go to Yana's Blog
In 2017 Yana travelled to Japan for the fifth time. She became interested in vending machines after seeing them standing at unexpected places. This resulted in a series paintings you can view here.