Inside the Studio

Jacqueline van der Plaat

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

As an artist, creating is a condition in order for me to be happy. It’s a way for me to express myself. I work hard to develop paintings that speak both to me and to others about beauty. My goals as a painter are to develop my technique, and to continue to explore and experiment with materials, colors, and shapes. My technique consists of editing the canvas with collage, paint, and structures. I typically draw sketches of models on prepared canvas. The materials I use are: acrylic and oil paint, charcoal, crayon, paper, and textiles. I layer different materials in my paintings; the forms that arise happen spontaneously through the process of layering and painting over. I find this a very exciting process.

The current issue that I am dealing with in my work concerns the concept of women — might this be a self-reflection? How do I see myself; who might I become; from which layers do I exist? I express all of this through the composition of my works– through the figures and the use of color. Often, this process is a battle and it takes time in order to achieve a balance.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

The best advice given to me was to focus on one subject for my paintings. That was about seven years ago, when I participated in a group exhibition in New York in 2008 at The Agora Art Gallery. From that time on I took some model drawing classes, which helped to improve my style.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

I like to work with music, as it helps to get me into a freer spirit. My favorite musicians are Fat Freddy’s Drop, St Germain, and Bob Moses.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

If I could have one piece of art then it would be one of my own paintings, since each painting is a piece of myself, imbued with memories and feelings. Most of the time I’m in love with my latest painting.

Who are your favorite writers?

My favorite writers are J.K. Rowling and Paul Theroux, especially his traveling stories.