Her new series entitled The Secret Garden was realized with a project subsidy from the Mondriaan Fund. Also here the artist shows her staged and assembled world in which she plays with differences in scale between nature and a geometric architecture. To do this, she picks plants from her own garden or wild flowers on the roadside in her neighborhood, photographs them and composes a collage. Each line or leaf is taped, cut and painted in, creating a graphic effect. The plants represent growth, abundance, prosperity and innocence.
-- Bonnie Severien graduated with a BFA at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Netherlands. Severien was a finalist five times at the Dutch Royal Award of Modern Painting. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Palace Amsterdam and the Art Museum in The Hague and she did a number of commissions for Fashion House Claudia Sträter. Paintings have been published in the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique and she received a Stipendium for Emerging Artists and a Project Grant from the Mondriaan Fund in The Netherlands. Her work has been acquired by private collections as well as museum and corporate collections in The Netherlands, Belgium, UK and USA.