ABOUT

 © Katrien Vermeire 2000



1979 Antwerp, Belgium

Lives and works in Antwerp. 
contact: studio*elinedeclercq.com  (* is @)
 
 
2020 founder Art Club Borgerhout, local support for young adults towards artistic development
2019 started the ongoing art & ecology project Gesamthof, a lesbian garden
2018 founder of Wool Publishing, a platform for shared presentations in the arts

2020 -             member of State of the Arts
2017 - 2018    member of the board of directors NICC  
2016 - 2017    assistant to Guillaume Bijl
2005 - 2016    design for Koos Netherlands / Japan
2001               graduated, master in painting KASK Gent Royal Academy 
1979               born in Antwerp



Twin Portraits of historic figures and contemporary photography, various sizes, prints and oil on canvas 2019


After graduating in 2001 at KASK Gent, I needed some time to see how my work would evolve. As a volunteer I worked in the botanical garden in Ghent and I combined a studio practice with an international job as designer. This allowed me to spend some years travelling abroad, with twice per year a stay in Tokyo. In 2016 I returned to my studio in Antwerp. 


For Judith Leyster 1635 - 2019, 45 x30 cm oil on canvas


My style is a mix of European tradition in painting and Eastern values on imperfection and emptiness. My paintings and drawings refer to feminist topics, a critical reading of art history, a questioning of the role of art and representation of minorities.  
 
The lesbian* gaze is an important aspect of the work. My paintings answer the lack of a divers representation of a lesbian gaze. My subjects are not narrowed down to the axes of gender and sexuality, instead I show the lack of a lesbian reflection in our society and what this means in shaping an identity.

I like to work in collaborations with other artists, my exhibitions are never solo, but shared with others and completed with workshops and artist talks. For this purpose I founded Wool Publishing in 2018, a project for shared art practices and ecology. Several of my projects focus on antiracial and anti-misogynist topics; with extra care for intersectional realities.



The Lesbian Gaze, 2019, oil on canvas

 
The paintings and drawings of trees are an ongoing series on natural shapes. Taking inspiration from forests and gardens. The different kinds of plants and trees create an ecological environment where diversity is the norm and where I look for answers on intersectionality. 

 

Arboretum Kalmthout, 40x30cm, oil on canvas, 2018






Many of my drawings are inspired by a Japanese tea bowl. The hand shaped cup is not perfect and this makes it an interesting cup and drawing. In my work every part is equally important and the drawing works as an ecology in itself.



 






Studio view 2020

For more information:

studio ( at )  elinedeclercq.com       

All works photographed and published on this website are © Eline De Clercq except when mentioned otherwise. E & OE


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