Tessel's work consists of abstract and expressive art pieces inspired by the female body. She has often stated her work is feminist in nature, inspired by critical and spiritual thought - though does not want her art to be conformed to one single definition or ideology.

Her works are free from the stigmas and structures of individual mind and collective society, while tessellated in black and white lines in emphasis of our own judgement and realities, that are often more black and white than we are aware of. She believes that, like color, acceptance of 'the other' and its connotations, like opinion and belief, also black and white in art and in real life are relative to the viewer - if only for the presence of light.

Her paintings and drawings on canvas, paper and stone, portray and embody the feminine nudes of comfort and confinement, times of being loved, of self-love and struggle. The works aim at reclaiming the female body and her "nude", as the former "objectified", "sexualized" and "exotified", to something laud, present, authentic and recognizable (even if the shapes are abstract or mannerism-styled in their appeal).

All works aim at carrying out some sort of balance in light and form, while the essence of her work touches upon the tensions and complexities of masculine and feminine energy we all carry, our growth, our power  - but mostly the defeats and victories of the female body through time.

Acrylic on Canvasses


Tessel van der Putte (1994) is a Dutch artist, who comes from a Human Rights and Political studies background. Her work consists of the female body, her politics, her wars and her victories. 


I see you in my own reflection.jpe

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