yoko 26102017

26 Oct How Far Can We Go – Nathalie Vanheule

Du 11-11-2017 au 10-12-2017

VERNISSAGE: 11-11-2017 - 4pm > 7 pm

Yoko Uhoda Gallery

Zeedijk 723 – Het Zoute

8300 Knokke-Heist


Nathalie Vanheule (°1980, Poperinge BE)


Nathalie Vanheule is a Belgian contemporary artist whose multimedia work encompasses performance, sculptures, and video installations. She was born in 1980 in Ypres, or the “city of death”, as it served as Belgian’s frontline for two World Wars. She grew up surrounded by Canadian and English cemeteries, where the first confrontation with WAR and death melted inside her memories. This premature experience with death and devastation has played a significant thematic role in Vanheule’s work.

In her recent work, the artist use ashes as a left over after an attack or fire. Ashes are the remains which points us on the power of change and destruction, but also on energy and passion.

Fire energize, renews and destroys. The left over ashes are a suggestion for the birth of new life. Like the fertility technique whereby dry farmland is burned to fertilize is death the necessary phase that runs nature. Ashes are a symbol even used in many cultures for the different phases and the transformation. This moments of transformation comes with feelings of anxiety and hope, both in society and in human life.

The royal blue pigment placed carefully in her circle evokes a memory of brightness. The subtle blue veins through the installation predict hope and spiritual wealth. Vanheule create stains with her own body in white silver colors that takes weeks and freezes time by his intensity and sensitivity. This mix of beauty and cruelty exerts a great attraction for us. The work is both soft and hard.

“How far can we go ”  is about the unprecedented, the death, the mystery , the bounderies.. Through different layers, Vanheule flirts with transparencies and clouds of stains and making body prints directly on the work. She shows us the beauty and necessity of errors , mistakes and stains. The artist creates an awareness through the contact of the body and the work. The milky colours and the different layers together refer to the soothing white film we get in our soul as we approach death, but also when we feel rebirth. It is about losing control of the truth. It is always a mystery for man about how we can see the truth. The more we want to capture the truth, the more they blur, just through the action of perceiving, the desire and the desire to seize our experiences.

The mirror effect  invites us to the story of Narcissus, this is so with the use of different layers and the white light it refers to awake reflection and participation that arises in this work. The viewer is invited to stand before the work and look in the work and feel their own unique existence, making up their own mirror of reflections.

Death is like a shadow that is always present, but we do not want to catch the moment when shadow overtakes us, blinded by the light. We know the existence. We don’t know the non-existence.  Life is an eternal cycle full of transformations. The fear of the unknown and unprecedented resolves itself as we approach the deconstruction.

By learning from the dark moments, we can feel the harmony and clarity in those moments of inner silence, without fear. Freedom of spirit has to do with self-owning, self-control and introspection. A mental awareness of our thoughts and opportunities that we have. This mental awareness is provoked by Vanheules creations. She puts a light on the inner words and feelings of hope. All the words we will never know. How far can we go…

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