Dutch artist, DB Waterman’s formative years as an artist were spent studying at the Art Academy in Den Bosch, Netherlands. Today, she regards herself as self-taught, having developed her own distinct style out of the untraditional medium of collage. Her work unites a variety of materials in careful compositions that she prides for their storytelling ability.
DB Waterman assembles original photography, assorted papers, acrylics, oil, charcoal, ink, and pencil in her works. The variety of resources she is able to use has proved indispensable to her. The biggest challenge the collage medium posed was its unforgiving lack of transparency. Finding a way to replicate the effects of transparency afforded by paint, especially watercolours, was a large victory for her.
The preparing labour shows through in her collages; layer upon layer of material remains visible in the finished pieces. She believes her body of work is characterized by her skill for reinvention. Having always loved the appearance of weathered walls plastered with peeling paint and old posters, she revives this aesthetic with hopefully a keen and professional eye.