The Soft, Layered Art of Dorris Vooijs

Dorris Vooijs’ builds up her creations layer upon later. Having studied Fine Arts at ArtEZ University in Arnhem and later obtained a BFA in Drawing and Art History, her methods vary, situated at a crossroads between traditional techniques and more digital art.

Her pieces — a hybrid between paintings, collages, drawings, textile art, and digital art — usually begin with an image found on the internet, in magazines, or thrift shops. Often, these images become the physical basis for her new work. With digital sketches, prints, markers, spray paint, thread, and ink, Vooijs transforms these images so that they reflect her life and her aesthetics.

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“I like to see what happens when you cross digital stuff and layer that with traditional methods,” she writes on her website. “Building up and peeling pieces away or scratching my way back to the surface, until I feel that it might be time to step back and leave it alone,” she explains.

With her methods varying, each piece can take anywhere between a couple of hours to more than a week to complete. “Some pieces took so long I almost gave up,” she admitted in an interview with Jung Katz. “Actually, I did repaint a lot of my work… sometimes it’s just the quickest fix and besides that, it’s budget-friendly. I also often work on a couple of pieces simultaneously.”

Her toolbox ranges from the traditional to the digital and includes Photoshop, Wacom Intuos tablet, A3 printer, digital prints, transfers, acrylic, oil, spray paint, Tipp-Ex, embroidery, markers, pencils, ink, and carbon paper.

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