Paula De Sousa

Visual Artist

I am a visual artist working with a variety of different mediums and techniques to create my work, including painting, printing and paper cutting. I work on the floor, on spontaneously cut paper, surrounded by acrylic paint, oil pastels and other media. Paper is my preferred surface with its smooth texture. My hands work energetically, body immersed, knees sometimes smudging. The process completely engages me and I am fascinated by the different mediums and how they can be manipulated and explored. Colour delights me. Other times, I work quietly, in a small, detailed and contained manner. Precise and ordered. Paper cutting or drawing. My work is often layered, revealing and concealing. I am particularly interested in expressing vulnerable states of mind, both my own, other people’s and the vulnerability I see in nature. I enjoy shapes and patterns, particularly in my environment and in nature. Textures, shapes and lines are important to me. I am inspired by Outsider artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Tracey Emin, Lowry, Banksy, Picasso, Jean DuBuffet, Cobra group and other marginalised artists and groups.

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