Handiedan - Back to Number 1

Handiedan - Back to Number 1

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BACK TO NO.1

Mono-distortion Art Print Edition
Mixed media collage, ballpoint pen doodles
308 gsm hahnemühle paper
19.7" x 26.8" / 50 x 68 cm (image size)
Each piece slightly different
Signed and numbered
Edition: 10
2011

Handiedan's collage work feeds on the tainted history of pin-up girl posters, using torn, aged surfaces to subvert sexiness. At first glance, the images have a nostalgic feeling, fueled by their ornate details and seemingly straightforward compositions, but a closer look quickly reveals their brutality.

Intricate and meticulously crafted, Handiedan's collages represent the gradual accumulation of layers—not only of materials like wood, metal and paper, but cultural references as well. Over a backdrop of baroque designs culled from international currencies and antique sheet music, the artist fuses classic pin-up girl body parts to create her own version of beauty. Sometimes these beauties might wield an extra arm or two, and everything that lies exposed beyond their garters and brassieres is heavily inked with hand-drawn tattoos.