'Suddenly you find yourself only staring at the technique and your gaze remains fixed on patches of embroidery or applied beads. Or a small bag, coated with hundreds of beads, can mesmerize you with its refinement. When you then try to comprehend the entire work, the ‘tricks’ with perspective suddenly become apparent. In a subtle manner, Carla Kranendonk has also interwoven her relativistic view of other facets of Caribbean and African societies into her work.' - Arno Kramer, 2014

 

Dutch-born Carla Kranendonk's works are informed by her travels to West Africa and combine vivid brushwork with hand-embroidered paper collage, as well as photographic elements. As disparate textile patterns are juxtaposed with screen-printed textures, her mixed media works come to represent a travelogue of collected images and memories, reinforced by the frequent use of photographs of the artist and her family members. Large in format, Kranendonk's works are authentic in their composition and playful in their manipulation of perspective.

 

Kranendonk studied at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam from 1984 - 1987, and has exhibited across the Netherlands and in London. Her work is also held in private collections in New York, Cape Town, the Middle East, Barbados, Curacao, Geneva, Israel and London.