Portraits have always occupied a major part in my work. We spend much of our visual lives directing our gaze at others' faces. Somehow, every portrait I do is a self-portrait, and explores themes others can relate to - a state of in between.
Hanneke Benade’s almost life size pastel drawings are incredibly realistic -her preferred medium being powder pastels. Her subjects seem to be contemplating things, rather than inform the viewer of the meaning. Benade prefers that interpretation comes from the outside. She describes her art as being ‘like a play, a silent movie or a freeze frame.