The development of characters stands at the center of my artistic practice. These can be both Objects and Subjects and are introduced to the audience in film, scenography, and installation, combining conceptual and figurative facets in a narrative. A character; a living and thinking entity, has the capacity to embody, express, and transform a process, to bring in nuances and to accept inconsistencies. My characters are classified in a linear system:
from Subject 0 to Subject 23, the higher the number, the more complex the character gets.
My sculptures and objects can be divided into three categories.
A series of Numbered Objects (ongoing since 2010) are classified in a linear system; starting from object 0 to object 8. They are made for specific situations, exploring the relationship between space, object and body.
The Reading Objects are part of an ongoing collection of objects since 2014. They allude on the idea of the underground world as a source of information in which the past can be read by imitating characteristics of drill cores, fossils, archaeological finds and geological processes.
Sculptures for Paintings is an ongoing series of sculptures since 2017 exploring the intersection between the practice of painting and sculpture. The sculptures are especially designed to support double-sided paintings to stand up: the paintings are clamped between the sculptures.
This series was created in function - and simultaneously with - the double-sided paintings of a character called Subject 23.
In 2017, I started working on a specific kind of character: the alter ego. Subject 23 became my personal alter ego.
I explored how Subject 23, a female artist who has a painting practice, came into existence. We made collaborative work, examining together the intersection between painting and sculpture until I realized that she could not be defined as my alter ego and she subsequently became my role model in 2019.
Today, she’s rather present as a ghost, recognized or imagined as the author of my paintings. She is ‘that elusive other’, appearing as a tool to explore certain topics and intuitions. Subject 23's work evolves around the understanding and connection with our (natural) environment. She makes paintings depicting figures, bodies, architectural and archeological motifs which gradually transform or blend into abstraction, decompose and resolve into the background of the painting. Over time, I am constructing Subject 23’s identity and developing her artistic practice in relation to mine. The question is, what exactly is identity? Does an artistic practice reveal identity?
Anyone can contribute to the construction of Subject 23’s identity by writing about her, by talking, thinking and sharing thoughts on her. The point is that she is not visible. She only exists through her created image and trace,
she is a speculative phenomenon.
Invitation poster for a workshop and an open talk titled Space Sessions developed in collaboration with Paulo Guerreiro at the invitation of Joëlle Tuerlinckx as part of the cycle KelderKamerMuziek / 02.10 - 21.12.2020 Joëlle Tuerlinckx - masterclass erg Brussels
(1982-2020) at CC Strombeek, Strombeek, BE
Space Sessions is a workshop in which participants take part in a process of consciousness about the exhibition space. Due to Covid restrictions, this workshop was transformed into an online session. The emphasis shifts from creating spatial awareness of a common, shared space to spatial awareness of each participant’s individual area. This workshop focuses on space awareness through the body. The sessions consist of a series of physical situations and interventions based on certain principles and ideas related to the Fluxus movement, yoga and the work of Steve Paxton, among others. Rather than starting from floor-plans, technical facts, and other rational models, the emphasis is on the physical experience to create spatial awareness.
11.12.2020 – 27.02.2021
Galerie Dohyang Lee, Paris
Gold, Incense & Myrrh
11.12.2020 – 27.02.2021
Galerie Dohyang Lee, Paris, FR
Alice De Mont,
Empty Vessels (Reading Objects) 2018
Kruikzuil 20 (Reading Object) 2020
Stone 18 (Reading Object) 2018
Natural Stone (Reading Object) 2014
Stone 17 (Reading Object) 2017
Paula Castro, Oh je ne savais pas (série de dessins), 2015
Thomas Wattebled, Swimm (vidéo), 2011
Still life with Stone and Stone, Gold, Branch, Dippings, Camouflage, Surfaces, Ripple, Drone, The Others & The Rest
06.05 – 17.06.2017
The Stable, Waregem, BE
Photo: 'denkplan': a drawing on the floor made out of crushed plaster.
Drone flying over: the drone sets a course to record and gradually erase denkplan. The rotating propellers create a wind that blows away the crushed plaster drawing so that it is faded away.