Dutch collage artist Handiedan currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Originally trained as a photographic designer at the Academy for Fine Arts and Design in Breda, The Netherlands, Handiedan has worked in graphic design and illustration before working as a full time, self taught collage artist from 2008.
Handiedan’s collages involve a complex cut and paste mixture of classic pin-up images. Intricate and meticulously crafted, the collages represent the gradual accumulation of layers. Over a backdrop of baroque and Victorian Neo-Classicism designs culled from international currencies and stamps, antique sheet music ornaments, playing cards, sitar bands, Asian papers and personal items, the artist fuses classic pin-up girl body parts, with the occasional recourse to digital wizardry, scissors and a steady hand to create her own version of beauty. Handiedan builds up so many layers in her collages that the surfaces stand out in relief and it becomes a game to spot motifs that reappear from one work to another.
Her artwork has been shown in galleries throughout the world including Seattle, Denver, New York, Brussels, Zurich and Paris.