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Storytellers II
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Storytellers II Painting

Roos van der Vliet

Netherlands

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 27.6 W x 35.4 H x 1.2 D in

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Part 2 of storytellers series. I've always liked portaits that aren't the easiest to interpret. Portraits that don't share their story immediately, but make an impression on the viewer all the same. Staring eyes with an uninterpretable look fascinate me. I do, however, always try to find the middle ground between melancholia and a certain degree of peacefulness and resignation in their eyes. The models I ask to pose for my paintings get draped in hair which isn't always very comfortable. It can be hard to breath, hard to move, the only thing that's always visible is their eyes, that look at me intently. The intimicy it yields by covering them like this and letting them stare directly at me interests me very much. That intensity is what I'm trying to share through my paintings.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:27.6 W x 35.4 H x 1.2 D in

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As long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by the human face and its expressions, but maybe even more important: I’m fascinated by what’s behind this face. We're used to judge a book by it's cover, a person by its appearance. We are locked up inside ourselves. And in a world this big, you can feel anonymous and small when looking at the world through nothing more than a small pair of eyes. At least, that’s how I feel. To get wonderings like this onto the canvas, I’m searching for women I can identify with, to decrease the feeling of anonymity and alienation. I sometimes find them on the streets, some of them are close friends already. The important thing for me is that I feel that there is a connection between us, not needing to be explained easily. In my work, I search for a way to bring their inner world to the surface. By looking very closely at them, by studying their eyes, their expression, the small details, I wonder how much we’re alike, and yet so different. I ask myself how others look at people on the streets, if they ever have this feeling of recognizing someone, with the knowledge they’ve never seen this person before. In a world this big, would it be strange to think that there are in fact more people like you or me, people who are actually quite the same?

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