midnightin. amsterdam
A R T  W I N D O W in De Pijp

November 2019

3 important questions by Betty Klaasse

Who are you?

I’m Betty Klaasse, image reviver and professional cut-and-paster, aka collagist.

What type of work do you create?

I make hand-cut paper collages from found imagery. Using just scissors and glue, I re-appropriate images from the 50s, 60s and 70s, to which I sometimes add contemporary elements. In my world of collage there is no reason, no rhyme, and there is always space for me and the viewer to create our own story. My work buzzes with themes, ranging from Stonehenge to midnight beaches, from Greek temples to floating peaches.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by nature, mystery, reality. I enjoy playing with contrasts, with images from different eras, with different proportions. My greatest source of inspiration is my treasure trove of magazines and books. Over the years, I’ve built up quite a collection. I love the grain and the saturated colours in vintage photography. It’s always a joy to open a stuffy old magazine and encounter images that make my imagination flow.  

Come say hello at @bettyklaasse