In the complex, often chaotic urban environment, aesthetics can be hard to find. I believe people want or even need to be surrounded by beauty, whether consciously or unconsciously. Something that feels like 'home'. You can achieve this, for example, by placing a porcelain figurine in the windowsill in your own house. In Japan you can find 'street gardens'; private greenery extended to the public space. My approach to the urban environment is that everyday features, such as electricity cables and traffic mirrors are beautiful in itself. It depends on how you perceive them. Honestly, their very existence made visible through its shape goes beyond beauty and actually appears to me as otherworldly. In my art I try to comprehend the visual reality through which I move on a daily basis. Through the use of color I analyse the characteristics of the image and experiment with how one experiences color. It's not my aim to create aesthetic artwork. During the process my imagination is much more closely related to memories and experience of atmosphere in terms of space, light, sound and smell.
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.