St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp
Lies Verschueren is a young artist from Antwerp, whom has been studying at the Sint-Lucas School of Art since 2015. There she studied painting and currently devotes herself more to installations that deal with organic and ecological processes. Lies tries to depict these natural cycles in her artistic works in an intuitive way. For example, she uses long fabrics to capture air movements. The inconspicuous wind in a closed room is made transparent by the dynamics of the fabric. Lies reproduces natural cycles in her works and transforms biological processes in an artistic way. Furthermore, she succeeds in combining nature and art. The materials mostly used are plants, soil, old cupboards, found objects from the street, fabrics, lighting and more.
For the exhibition, Lies uses the given area and creates an urban garden. She fills a small room with soil, places two old bedside tables and plants into it. The plants grow out of the exhibition space, the cupboards and the soil. A contrast is created between living plants and industrial space, contrasting authenticity and fabrication. In her installation Lies illustrates the survival process of plants in an unknown environment to them. With time it becomes apparent if the plants receive enough nutrients to live on. The installation changes over time. It is dynamic and shows if the plants either continue to grow or shrink. Lies succeeds in creating a connection between artistic and natural space.
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