"In the invicible yet perceivable lies my artistic freedom"
Rikst Wassenaar is a Dutch artist who creates her work while travelling around the world. Two years ago, in 2018, she discovered her love and talent for abstract painting. Since then she further developed her style, but also found more ways to express her creative side. At the moment she produces and sells her artwork on the road and in the villages of her favorite continent: Latin America. And while being homeless for a while now, she has created a way to find her inner one: in different forms and shapes, uniquely reflected in the work she makes.
Abstracts influenced by the stunning nature of landscapes and its coastal horizons. With her painting style developed as impressionistic, Rikst fills the empty space of a canvas with the mood, motion and emotion of her outer and inner world. Where the unspeakable language of her subtle experiences go, that's where the pencil comes into play to eventually find a meetingpoint in the middle. Sometimes introvert and obscure, other times light and playful; every painting is a powerful piece of her expression.
While travelling through Guatamala and its ancient Maya culture, Rikst found a new interest: the stories of stones. Throughout her destinations, like Antigua (Guatamala) and San Cristobal (Mexico), she collects all different kinds of them - of which some not unlikely to be more then a few million years old. So whenever she feels like it, she exchanges her soft pencils for the more solid tools and equipment. Mostly working with silver or cupper and a from origin Californian circling technique, she turns stones into beautiful necklaces. Not one handcraft is the same. In combination with its specific material and energy, every piece of jewellery expresses its own style and story: ready to be found by the right owner.
To fully express her creativity, Rikst also likes to put words onto paper. Personal themes like sense of belonging, processes of growth and (sometimes harsh) lessons in love pass her perceptive soul and linguistic mind. The result is an unfolding of little poetic stories. If not just only for herself, these poems are made for whoever feels attracted to them.