Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Berlinde De Bruyckere

Life is beautiful even if we have to deal with fear and pain.
It makes it easier if we take care of each other and
 if we have a language with each other to communicate
 about pain, suffering and fear.*
~ Berlinde De Bruyckere

Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere is a sculptor with a special interest in the human body and human frailty. Composed of wax, wood, wool, horse hides and hair, fabric, and other media including watercolor and gouache, De Bruyckere's works, including her drawings, challenge our visual perceptions and our notions of beauty and repulsion, strength and fragility. Her "portraits", as she sometimes calls her sculptures, are often profoundly moving evocations of fragmentation and vulnerability, of metamorphosis and transformation, of suffering, and of need for connection. View a selection of images of De Bruyckere's sculptures and installation.

In the video below, the artist talks about her influences, methods, and materials. 

The exhibition "Berlinde De Bruyckere | No Life Lost" runs through April 2 at Hauser & Wirth in New York City. Featured is a series of new works on paper, Met tere huid ("Of tender skin").

My thanks to ArtWay for the link.

Berlinde De Bruyckere at Hauser & Wirth, Hanstheys, Gemeente MuseumSaatchi Gallery

* Quoted from Berline De Bruyckere Education Kit  (pdf) for "We Are All Flesh" Exhibition

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