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What’s on the wall in your new loft? Summum has selected three female artists you need to make space for.

Inge Deen

The creative world

Inge Dane produces collage art. She uses old paintings as backgrounds and then mixes them with elements from magazines and books. ‘Women inspire me. And especially the creative world we now live in, where everything has to be perfect. It inspires me and I want to portray that.’

Inge’s working day starts in her studio in Alkmaar. ‘When I get in, I open the window and turn the radio on. Then I look at the pieces I’m currently working on. Usually I work on several pieces at the same time, because I can’t always find just the right leg or ideal hand to finish something off. When I start, I don’t have anything specific in mind. As I’m working, that’s when the story comes to life.’

Artists who inspire Inge include Mickalene Thomas, Quinn [I think a first or last name still needs to be added here? Marc or Lorenzo?], Wangechi Mutu and Picasso. Inge: ‘When you’re looking for artwork for your home, choose something that really appeals to you and not something you just see as an investment. I think it’s a real shame when people buy something because it goes well with the sofa. It’s very likely that you’ll replace the sofa, but art is something you’ll love your whole life.’

@ingedeen_collageingedeen.nl

Laura de Wilde

Distinctive colour palette

As a child, Laura de Wilde dreamt of being a painter. But her parents were less enthusiastic. ‘Independence was important, and so becoming an artist was not an obvious choice,’ says Laura. ‘I also wanted to become a teacher, so I decided to study English language and literature. During my studies I taught at a combined school. It was nice, but I soon discovered it wasn’t my life’s goal. I then worked for a magazine for many years, and three years ago I took the leap towards what I really yearned for: the independent artist life.’

Laura describes her work using the key words ‘intuitive’ and ‘materiality’, with a distinctive colour palette consisting of black, white, gold and all shades of beige and grey. Laura: ‘Funnily enough, these colours can also be found in my house and my wardrobe. Every so often, I force myself to be more colourful in my work. Using bright shades isn’t something that comes naturally to me.’

Laura’s works have registration numbers instead of titles. ‘I don’t want to impose or influence anything. I want to convey my feelings, an energy, and people often pick up on that as well. By experimenting with materials, you see more than you notice initially. That fascinates me – everyone looks at something differently and experiences a work in their own way.’

@lauradewilde, lauradewilde.com

Andrea Torres Balaguer

I spy with my little eye

Spanish photographer Andrea Torres Balaguer has caught our attention with her unique portraits. And it’s not just here at Summum that we’re impressed by her powerful images. Andrea exhibits all over the world, from New York to Amsterdam. As she says in Photographize magazine: ‘I want there to be interaction when people look at my work – I want them to ask questions about my images. Nothing makes me happier than when someone stands in front of my photos and asks what’s happening.’

For her recent series, ‘The unknown’, Andrea has created self-portraits in which her face is hidden under a brushstroke. Andrea: ‘By removing my identity, I allow the viewer to decide who I am. Anything is possible, apart from my original self. With ‘The unknown’, I want to show what identity is and its importance in portrait photography.’

As a child, Andrea photographed all kinds of things, but she had never considered making a living as a photographer. ‘Art has given me the opportunity to do what I love. I really do have my dream job. Creating makes me happy and earns me money – and I want it to stay that way.’

@andreatorresbalaguer, andretorresbalaguer.com

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