T E S S E L L A T I O N S
The interplay of masculine and feminine energy in art.
About the Artist
Tessel is a Dutch artist based in Geneva. Her work is abstract and expressive in form, inspired by the Fourth feminist Wave. Find more information about her and her work on her most recent updated website: www.tesselvanderputte.com
Behind the work
We women are taught to “draw within the lines”. From a young age we are told to be soft, careful (read: “prepare your work and make a sketch first”) and prudent (read: not too sexual). I also noticed as a western woman we are so stuck in exclusive beauty standards on how women should look and what we value as the ideal (bond, blue eyes, slim?). Women of other cultures showed me this can be different. To have lived and studied abroad, made me discover the world from different perspectives; that it is OK to be less nuanced and to be open about feminist issues, racism and how colour changes our identity or world-view. I started expressing this in the ‘Black and White Works’ where I draw women with white on black and black on white. I put everything in one line and “one go” on paper, unapologetically and without doubt (“I am here”) – no sketching beforehand. They are all powerful women of different shapes, naked, that reclaim their body and sexuality. Like the lines, the women are there not apologising for it, without being careful – on a background that is both black and white.
Coming soon: more about the Black series and womanhood. In the meantime, follow Instagram to stay tuned.