Using a multitude of materials, db Waterman assembles and mixes techniques to compose scenes of life and landscapes. By choosing collage as her medium, she pushes its limits as she strives for artistic transparency.
A Variety of Materials
db Waterman assembles original photographs, matching papers, acrylics, oil, charcoal, ink and pencil in her works. The variety of resources used is essential.
Approach the Transparency of Painting
Getting into the technique of collage is a challenge for db Waterman since the lack of transparency is merciless. Finding a way to reproduce the effects of transparency that painting offers, in particular watercolors, is for this artist a "great victory". Her preparatory work is reflected in her collages. Layer after layer, the material remains visible in finished parts.
Melancholy as a Common Thread
According to db Waterman, her work allows her to constantly reinvent herself. Having always loved the look of weathered walls coated in peeling paint and old posters, she resurrects that aesthetic with a crisp, sharp look.
The creative goal of her work is to "do something beautiful out of decay". Her paintings, which explore the dissonance between old and new materials, highlight dreamlike and melancholic images.