In the middle of Ana SantosPractice is a commitment to discovery. The Salamanca-based illustrator fuses multiple media – her work ranges from watercolor, ink, and digital painting to embroidery and ceramics – into portraits overlaid with tufts of leaves, birds, and small black and white renderings – a technique she’s got through Experiments developed. “It’s very important to enjoy the process, and when I’m open to mistakes I’ve got unexpected results that I really appreciate,” she told Colossal.
Santos begins with the layered works on paper, which she then scans to digitally complete in Photoshop. The resulting portraits are expressive and complex, interweaving elements of emotion, fantasy and nature. “I don’t like to explain my work or give a specific narrative,” she says. “It seems magical to me that the viewer is open to free and personal interpretation and that the viewer has the feeling that it is their own.”
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