My name is Wouter Eelkman Rooda. I live and work in Amsterdam and have been making art since I was young.
I have always had a passion for drawing and made many paintings and drawings at school.
During my college years, I kept on drawing. After a while I got curious how it would be to work with a different material and started painting. It gave me a feeling of total freedom. I bought my first canvas and since then I have skilled myself by studying work of various artists and practiced working with different techniques and materials.
I'm fascinated by how the Dutch landscape is formed. It is partly artificially organized and therefore a mix of straight and curved lines with land in between. The helicopter view of looking at landscapes intrigues me. I use my memory of the various landscapes for the compositions in my work. Either well-planned but oftentimes my inspiration comes subconsciously.
I am also inspired by the effect of experiment when using my main material; cotton tape. I'm fascinated by how the shapes and structure of the tape are able to change by bending it or painting over it. I'm always searching for coincidental outcomes by using different techniques. I try to capture these results and bring them to the forefront of the work.