St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp
The young art student, Flo Bastiaensen has dedicated herself to the art of painting. She is showing a different side of her artistic work for the first time in the exhibition. Flo has been studying painting at the Sint-Lucas School of Art in Antwerp since 2017. Before that she studied at the KASK University in Ghent. Her work process consists of two steps. Firstly, she searches for a motif. This can be an advertising illustration or her own photography. She transforms the motif of the picture onto the canvas and reduces it to the most concise features. Also, she concentrates on prominent room constellations, movements, colouring or expressions. In this way, the motif of the photography will be transferred on her canvas. Since the beginning of the year, Flo has been trying out new materials. She is leaving the genre of painting and uses this exhibition as an opportunity to change her artistic and creative work. Her goal is to develop her art. Same as before, she searches for a motif that she now reproduces with fabrics instead. She picks an old advertising picture for detergents from the 60s or 70s which shows a woman in a dress. For her works she takes used household textile such as kitchen towels, tablecloths, towels, curtain etc. She tries to connect the usage of this textile with the stereotype given by the advertising image. With the forms and motifs of photography are abstracted by the fabrics, her works capture a three-dimensionality characteristic for the first time, which she could not achieve with her previous paintings. She breaks away from her usual strict structure and tries different arrangements in a playful way.
© Ilka Hüsges