Gerda van Leeuwen’s work recently has involved in an interest and awareness for the animal world around us. Animal creatures are frequently appearing in her prints, paintings and ceramics. In my prints I wanted to express the ferociousness and determination in the animals around us.
Her mono prints are partly inspired by the Lascaux Cave paintings in France.
Her cave paintings are in a way a very early form of graffiti. They are mostly animals.
People have for thousands of years communicated and told their stories by painting graffiti on walls in public places.
Gerda forms the animal shapes from steel wool. In different grades, from fine to coarse.
The steel wool is rough to work and therefore the end result gives a primitive feeling.
Something I was looking for. After creating the forms I print them on my etching press on paper and also on canvas.