Do decisions come from within yourself, or are you a continuation of your family? Both psychology and history are recurring themes in my work. Particularly, the sometimes indefinable difference between personal choices and influence from others fascinates me. My initial series were a quest to explore the origins of my identity. I first sought to understand myself and my immediate surroundings.

Since the war in Europe, current events have begun to influence my paintings. The emotional and social aspects of this war on ordinary people take center stage. Migration and refugee experiences, stemming from intense decisions and an uncertain future, have profound effects on a person's identity.

I merge these weighty themes with color and texture to imbue them with accessibility, almost a lightness. I received a classical education in painting, and from there, I increasingly blur the line between classical oil paintings and mixed media artworks.
Anastasia K.
Visual artist, Rotterdam