Nathalie Vanheule

Nathalie Vanheule

Once Upon A Time, 2016

 

Nathalie Vanheule is a Belgian contemporary artist whose multimedia work encompasses performance, sculptures, and video installations. She was born on March 10th, 1980 in Ypres, or the “city of death”, as it served as Belgian’s frontline for two World Wars. This premature experience with death and devastation has played a significant thematic role in Vanheule’s work. Vanheule received her master’s degree in graphic design in 2002 and 3D Design in 2004 from Sint-Lucas Ghent in Belgium. In 2015, she was asked twice to curate for Belgium museums and presented “Burning Book Performance”, a creative book created along with other graphic designers that featured different burned book covers, at La Libraire de Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Berlinische Galerie in Berlin.

Aller Anfang Ist Schwer, 2015

Her most recent Artist-in-Residence was “La Generale en Manufacture” in Paris (2009-2010). Many of her works have been displayed internationally at museums such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent (2004), Pulse Show New York (2008), and MUHKA Museum of Fine and Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2015).

It Is Hard To Be A Man, 2016

Vanheule’s work demonstrates a powerful collision of forces that make permanent the momentary interactions between different textures and means. The collisions create a layering effect that, instead of masking, far more reveals what is underneath. The layering plays with notions of revealing, suppressing and hiding, especially when taking into account that the work is displayed in highly public settings.

Nicht Susammen, 2015

Could You Please Try To Change And Be Normal, 2016

Expired Content, 2016

The dramatic interactions reveal raw vulnerability and emotions in the midst of destruction and chaos. Illusions are unmasked in the Belgian artist’s work, but still play on fantasy and reality through the dream-like otherworldliness evoked from the variance of opacities she uses. There is a perverse sense of ideal beauty, in its imperfect perfection, that permeates many of her works’ highly fragmented and dark, gothic world.

There Are No Traces Only The In Between, 2016

We Don't Want Traces So Please Be Clean, 2016

White Thoughts, 2015

 

 

Text by Perwana Nazif

 

Courtesy of the Artist
Nathalie Vanheule
www.nathalievanheule.be

 

 

 Erratic Elements

Erratic Elements

Subtle Elegance

Subtle Elegance