Tamara Traxel studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. She lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her work is strongly influenced by her multi-cultural background.
Traxel’s practice has focused primarily on making collage work using mostly her own photographs. These art works are carefully composed and communicate something in particular namely that everything and everyone is layered. She is not interested in showing the world what they expect to see but she’s sharing a whole other experience. Stripping an image from its original context and pairing it with others gain new meaning. The resulting image is familiar yet distorted.
The artworks are about challenging conventions mainly about culture and identity and reinventing reality by letting go of expectations.
In Traxel’s recent work, she continues to investigate the effects of history, time, identity and culture. Exploring the use of elements of nature to see not only the beauty but also the challenges and struggles presented in the collages. Using color for the present and black and white for the past is a combination which she is researching in her newer projects.