Stephanie Maeseele Fen De Winter Klaas Op de Beéck Manon De Craene
“Opera Aperta (The Open Work) discusses the powerful concept of “openness”, the artist’s decision to leave arrangements of some constituents of a work to the public or to chance.”
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Stephanie Maeseele (B) °1985 Bruges. Stephanie is a Flemish painter who is currently living and working in Ghent. She has studied at the LUCA School of Arts Ghent, where she has received a Master degree in 2008. She participated in the Turps Studio Program in London from 2015 to 2017. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including BYTS Stedelijk Museum ’sHertogenbosch NL, Museum of Ixelles Brussels, LLS387 Antwerp, Bermondsey Project Space London.
“Over the past few years my work has been a fairly consistent search for various possibilities of collage to represent and reflect the processes of memory and recall. Combining not only stylistic tropes but also found subject matter and combining them in engaging ways has been a recurrent theme.
Combining not only stylistic tropes but also found subject matter and combining them in engaging ways has been a recurrent theme. I use collage as a device to question perception. Painting as camouflage. It can be seen as a deconstructive tool designed to undermine the certainty of appearances. My main focus seems to be moving toward the role of the spatial structure and how depth and/or flatness can create an underlying emotional tone within which the more obvious subject and object matter can operate. As so often it is the elements which are not so obvious at first which exercise a great degree of agency. So exploiting the possibilities of oil paint to evoke and render new meanings, remains a constant. I use a broad range of references in my work. I do consider my work as autobiographic, I may use a nostalgic feeling or an anecdote as a starting pointwithout it becoming the overruling content of the painting, but rather as catalyst for a critical view. I try to create a new space, one where figure and space overlap. The figure becomes the space, becomes an object and vice versa. Landscapes merge with interiors, domestic artefacts change scale and appear in ortuitous places. Faces, bodies, people, come and go through solid objects.”
Manon De Craene approches her practise like a pinball, exploring colour and layering inside a square space/setting using paint, paper and pencils. Manon De Craene her artwork is characterized by time and abstraction. This translates in boisterouscanvases in which colour and lines meet each other in layers. She views time as a volatile concept. She tries to catch time in dynamic strokes and paints it down. It’s a process which often repeats itself in the same canvas.