My name is Linda Coppens, I am a visual artist who enjoys creating colorful abstract paintings.
I am originally from Aalst (Belgium) and was educated as a psychologist. Currently, I live near Brussels but I spend some periods of the year in Spain.
Although my professional career continued in another direction, my interest in the human being led to the development of my artistic theme: the complexity of the human being and the influence of our past experiences on our current experiences.
Drawing upon my training as a psychologist I incorporate into my work a variety of ideas, infusing it with another range of textures beyond the pictorial. This gives it a more open-ended character that invites the viewer to appreciate it in her/his own way.
I am a versatile painter and enjoy working in acrylics but also in oil & cold wax.
My work is mostly abstract and evolves through the working process which leaves a lot of room for changes and surprises.
I discovered that the oil & cold wax with its soft, transparent consistency is an ideal material for expressing the layered nature of memory, our past experiences. Every experience is coloured by the foregoing. The transparent or opaque layers in my work refer to these experiences. Each layer shows signs of previous layers and includes pieces of life that are trapped inside. Sometimes these traces and pieces of life come to the surface and determine how the surface looks like, sometimes they stay hidden underneath but there always remain traces.
I create a rich and complex surface by applying several layers of oil & cold wax while scratching in it with different tools. This creates the depth in the work that I strive for.