This new artist’s book by Berlinde De Bruyckere presents for the first time her recent sculptures and drawings concerned with the human figure and the deer.Continua a leggere
Text by Caroline Lamarche
Photographs by Mirjam Devriendt
Berlinde de Bruyckere is a sculptor from Ghent in Belgium, whose wild and sensual figures are formed using a melange of natural materials such as animal pelts, hair, wood and wax. In her recent works Berlinde De Bruyckere worked with a professional dancer, Romeu, as model, defining his movements and poses and developing her own sculptural choreography. The figures are faceless, malformed and fragmentary. At first their shape seems familiar although their forms resist interpretation, offering a disturbing vision of fragility and suffering.
Alongside the human body the deer plays a prominent role in De Bruyckere’s new work: the deer is a majestic ambassador of nature, sometimes present as flesh-coloured antlers masterfully rendered in wax.
The photographer Mirjam Devriendt shows the fragile and vulnerable sculptures in a unique setting, an abandoned house in the old town of Ghent. The accompanying text by Caroline Lamarche reads like a fairy tale about the life and work of a sculptor and her urge to create.
Romeu, my deer is the most personal book of De Bruyckere. It recounts the story of intense memories, and describes the process of creation.” (Caroline Lamarche).
Berlinde De Bruyckere (born Ghent,1964) won international acclaim at the 2003 Venice Biennale, when her sculptures were shown in the Italian Pavilion.
Since then, her solo exhibitions have included Hauser & Wirth Zurich (2004); De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg (2005); ‘One’ at La Maison Rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris (2005); ‘Schmerzensmann’ at Hauser & Wirth London (2006), at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2007) and the Kunstmuseum Lucerne (2007). Amongst recent exhibitions is her show ‘Mysterium Leib’ at Stiftung Moritzburg in Halle (2011), travelling to the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Kunsthalle Wien (2012); a Drawings-exhibition at De Pont Foundation, Tilburg and a solo presentation at the Arter-Foundation in Istanbul (2012).
Caroline Lamarche is a French-speaking writer of novels and poetry.
Mirjam Devriendt is a professional photographer and a photography teacher.