About the technique I use: I paint with acrylic paint as a base
and drip synthetic enamel lines over that painted surface.

dripping technique modern art
dripping as used in contemporary art

“Dripping” is a recurrent word in relation to Monique’s artwork, so, WHAT IS DRIPPING?
What importance does this process have on a finished artwork?
And how is it done?


” Drip painting is a form of abstract art in which paint is dripped or poured onto the canvas. This style of action painting was experimented with in the first half of the twentieth century by such artists as Francis Picabia, and Max Ernst, who employed drip painting in his works The Bewildered Planet, and Young Man Intrigued by the Flight of a Non-Euclidean Fly (1942). Max Ernst used the novel means of painting Lissajous figures by swinging a punctured bucket of paint over a horizontal canvas. Drip painting was however to find particular expression in the work of the mid-twentieth century artist Jackson Pollock. Pollock found drip painting to his liking; later using the technique almost exclusively, he would make use of such unconventional tools as sticks, hardened brushes and even basting syringes to create large and energetic abstract works. “

As for me, these dripped lines sustain so much more than the mere emphasis of the previous painted superflat forms in my paintings.

They indicate the contradiction with that what was carefully constructed,
deconstructing rationality.

These lines are the footprints of a intuitive and fast action. 

And where before every trace was precisely painted, calculating each stroke,
chance comes into the process with the stick and the dripping of the enamel.

Video of Monique van Steen doing a dripping during an art performance.