Handiedan /   Unknown

Netherlands 1981

Urban Art, Street Art, Digital Art, Wheat Pasting


October 12, 2014
Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism). Interests: Photography, Art, Film, Folklore, Video Games

Handiedan  is a Dutch artist whose artwork involves a complex cut and paste mixture of computer montage and highly detailed sculptural hand cut collages, complimented by conscientiously collected antique ornamental frames. Build out of multiple classic pin-up body parts, the female form stands out over a backdrop of baroque and Victorian Neo-Classicism designs. All culled from international currencies and stamps, antique sheet music ornaments, playing cards, cigar bands, Asian papers with personal items and drawings. Intricate and meticulously crafted, the collages represent the gradual accumulation of both the layers in her work and her work process self.

Handiedan  was born 1981 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and with a background in photographic design (graduated), illustration and graphic design, she started working as a collage artist in 2007.

Handiedan first builds up her digital design out of the gathered collage material and drawings. Then she rebuilds the design into a meticulously crafted multi layered hand cut collage with precisely added items. A complex visual puzzle and labyrinth of collage and paper layers, interchangeably intermixed, that stands out in relief.

Handiedan works in series. This suffices as an eclectic personal exploration or review of her main design’s journey and process. With each piece on either paper, antique wood or rusty metal, or a different size, containing different collage elements and details result in a different story, emotion and time dimension within each piece.  When having a closer look at a piece, the main esthetic and erotic female form works as the carrier of the stories that lies underneath and on the surface. Through the paper and collage layers fused with the ornamental background, tiny items and rarities interact with her drawn cartoonesque character and pen doodles riddled throughout her collage work.

Collage art enables Handiedan to combine all her visual fascinations on a single backdrop, where she can portray and explore her personal interest in the era’s of life and time. Past, present and future elements and cultural facets can be found woven in her work. Her personal journey’s of that what is, what was and that which can’t yet be explained are found within her meticulously portrayed artworks. Some visible, some more enchantingly hidden in plain sight. More and more Handiedan tries to capture these complexities of life and interests in her work. An artistic journey of scientific philosophical themes, with an almost kaleidoscopical exploration through her collage.

Her artwork has been shown throughout the world including her last year’s sold-out solo show at Thinkspace Gallery, Spoke Art/Hashimoto Contemporary, Roq la Rue, Phone Booth Gallery, Black Book Gallery in the US, Unit 44 in the UK, and Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome andMusée La Halle St. Pierre in Paris.  Her art has been featured in several books, magazines and blogs including Victionary, Die Gestalten Verlag, HEY!, BISPublishers,Delayed Gratification, IdN Magazine, NowThen, Monday Inspiration, DPI,Fefe, HiFructose and Juxtapoz.

Handiedan lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Vesica PiscisRoq la Rue gallery,Seattle, WASolo
2014 'HARD.' NAME Gallery AmsterdamGROUP
2013 'Elegant Universe' Thinkspace Gallery Los AngelesSOLO
2013 'Scope Miami Beach' Spoke Art / Hashimoto Contemporary Miami BeachGROUP
2013 'HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture II' Museum Halle St. Pierre Paris, FranceGROUP
2013 'Mural Project' Branded Arts with Thinkspace Gallery Culver City, CAGROUP
2013 '5th Anniversary' Phone Boot Gallery Long Beach, CAGROUP
2012 'Circulus' Roq la Rue Gallery SeattleSOLO
2012 'United Taste of a Miracle' Phone Booth Gallery Long Beach, CASOLO
2012 'We are 2' Unit44 Newcastle, UKGROUP
2012 'The 13th Hour' Last Rites Gallery New YorkGROUP
2012 'Lush Life Four' Roq la Rue Gallery , SeattleGROUP
2012 'Artmrkt & Artpad' Spoke Art San FranciscoGROUP
2012 'Back to Back' GoGallery , AmsterdamGROUP
2011 'Amsterdynasty' Black Book Gallery DenverSOLO
2011 'September Group Show' Spoke Art San FranciscoGROUP
2011 'White Walls Project' Unit44 Newcastle, UKGROUP
2011 'A Taste of Things to Come Spoke Art 2011/2012' Spoke Art San FranciscoGROUP
2011 'The New Lost Generation' Mondo Bizzarro Gallery RomeGROUP
2011 'Urban Contemporary Art Dreweatts LondonGROUP
2011 'Oh, You Are Sick…' Phone Booth Gallery , Long Beach, CAGROUP
2010 'Habba Habba' Phone Booth Gallery Long Beach, CASOLO
2010 'Retroism' Retrospect Galleries Byron Bay, AustraliaGROUP
2010 'Chicas del Polder' RAS Gallary BarcelonaGROUP
2010 'Bunch of Stars' Red Gallery LondonGROUP
2010 'Off the Hook III' Phone Booth Gallery Long Beach, CAGROUP
2010 'Group show' Electrik Sheep Gallery Newcastle, UKGROUP
2010 'iMigrate' Victoria CanadaGROUP
2010 'Dirty Show' Detroit ChicagoGROUP
2009 'Translucent Skin' Phone Booth Gallery Long Beach, CASOLO
2009 'Handiedan' Mopia Zürich SOLO
2008 'Sirenum Scopuli' Phone Booth Gallery Long Beach, CASOLO
2008 'Handiedan' M'atuvu Josworld BrusselsSOLO
2009-2005 'Smell the Glove' Phone Booth Gallery Long Beach, CAGROUP
2009-2005 'LFTFLD 5th anniversary' Chiellery Gallery AmsterdamGROUP
2009-2005 'Off the Hook II' Phone Booth Gallery Long Beach, CAGROUP
2009-2005 'New Work & Dutch Glory' Bright Young Things Gallery AmsterdamGROUP
2009-2005 'Paper Pushers' Gallery 1988 San FranciscoGROUP
2009-2005 'UAMO art festival Munich' MunichGROUP
2009-2005 Cut & Paste LondonGROUP
2009-2005 Photography Project, FW Shanghai, ChinaGROUP