In The Pines


Caryatid as a woman soldier, or 'Scylla was a monster' 50x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Metamorphosen 33, or 'Io used to be a cow.' 40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

In the pines I, or 'Echo used to be mute', 40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

In the pines 2, or 'Syrinx was hollow water reed', 40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Labels written for the exhibition 'In the Pines' 2018

The addition of labels, or how important it is to communicate what we think and feel. The labels are twisting the plot of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Ovid turned the one who is chased into a laurel bush, while the persuer could to get away. It's time to become human again.

In the Pines
an exhibition by Tramaine de Senna & Eline De Clercq
Haecken en Ooghen | Klapdorp 35, 2000 Antwerpen, België 
‘In the Pines’ 17 November tot 09 December 2018 | Za - Zo van 14h - 18h




The metamorphosen, or imaginary portraits 2018 oil on canvas 40x30cm


The Metamorphosen series, part 32 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 31 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 30 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 29 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 28 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018
The Metamorphosen series, part 27 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 26 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 25 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 24 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


The Metamorphosen series, part 23 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 22 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 21 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 17 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 14 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 12 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 10 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018
The Metamorphosen series, part 8 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018
 


The Metamorphosen series, part 6 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 5- oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 24 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 3 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 2 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 1 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 20 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 16 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 19 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 18 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 15 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 14 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 7 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 9 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 13 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018

The Metamorphosen series, part 11 - oil on canvas - 40x30cm - 2018


‘The metamorphosen’ is a series of paintings based on the stories by Ovid, the Roman writer who describes how people are saved from their persecutor by being changed into a tree, or a cow, or a bird. As these stories are often punishing the victim rather than saving them, I used the theme in my paintings to change the characters into women again. The labels to go with these paintings indicate their past. She is a collective memory of the girl weighing apples in the supermarket or the woman waiting in the doorway for the rain to stop, or any of all the other inspiring women I see.

On the impossible nature of painting: the Robbie series.

Robbie Snelders 1
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018


I paint portraits of women. The Robbie series is an exception on my usual subject, and it was difficult. This colourful painting at the top was the first and those that follow show the artistic progress towards a final portrait of Robbie Snelders. 

Robbie Snelders 2
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018


I decided to let go of anything that secured me in the past and see where a painting would take me. Many portraits turned out terrible and I had to throw them away. This one has a nice touch and colour, but the face seems very odd.

Robbie Snelders 3
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Quite soon I figured out to paint against the image, to work against the portrait and add a layer, here visible as a pale relfection of light. The difference between the portrait as it was and with this added layer is slightly irritating.

Robbie Snelders 4
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

I don't want to resolve to tricks, expressive and creative sollutions only work for me if they work with the image and not hide it. With every new portrait I had to start from nothing and rebuild it while trying to find out what works and what doesn't.

Robbie Snelders 5
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

These series became a testimony of the failure, the ineptitude of my painting becomes visible.

Robbie Snelders 6
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

'Nice' is not what I was looking for, I wanted to preserve something of the Robbie as I knew him, but this was slipping away with every clumsy attempt.

Robbie Snelders 7
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Sometimes a painting would come out victoriously, strong and fragile and everything fits in the right place. This was exceptional.

Robbie Snelders 8
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

The daily fight was between 'good' and 'interesting', while I failed on every account.

Robbie Snelders 9
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Painting is a battle ground, nothing really comes easy: it took me ten years to use the colours I like, how much longer for the images I like?

Robbie Snelders 10
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

I paint against everything I know about painting, against all the truths and advice on how to paint. Every day I started again from the memory of Robbie, but you don't remember a face as a whole. Instead you see the details, eyelashes, a contour, etc.

Robbie Snelders 11
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Until you don't paint a face, but only parts of it while it doesn't matter where you put them.

Robbie Snelders 12
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

Ever so slightly, Robbie was falling apart and what remained was a painting quite a bit more interesting.

Robbie Snelders 13
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

It doesn't really matter how you paint someone, how many noses and eyes and mouths and ears there are. In the end the paint on the canvas is only a resemblance, a concept of who you try to remember.

Robbie Snelders 14
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

I felt as if I just discovered the universe, a sky above the sky, a looking glass that leads back into the real world.

Robbie Snelders 15
40x30cm oil on canvas 2018

I finished the series with a new approach on painting, and looking back it seems so simple, almost easy.