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donderdag 29 oktober 2020

CATHARINA DHAEN met SOLO en BOEK bij Sofie Van de Velde Gallery (Antwerpen)


Catharina Dhaen

 'Through the looking-glass'

solo exhibition


First day of the exhibition

14.00 - 20.00

Gallery Sofie Van de Velde (South)

© Catharina Dhaen & 
Sofie Van de Velde Gallery

29.10.20 - 22.11.20 

Gallery Sofie Van de Velde proudly presents the first solo exhibition of Catharina Dhaen. On the occasion of the exhibition there will be a book published of the artist.  

Gallery Sofie Van de Velde (South) 
Vlaamsekaai 74-75 
2000 Antwerp 

The gallery is open: 



‘My approach to painting is based on sensitivity’, she says. 'The way I paint comes from an insecurity. Painting is a slow process, one where you make many mistakes along the way. I often wonder whether or not it’s too frivolous, or too polished. Even if the slightest detail is off, I will immediately cover it with another layer of paint, painting and ‘unpainting’. So, I guess there is an insecurity, but at the same time, a tension unfolds between what is seen and what remains hidden. And that is an integral part of my work, it shapes and molds all the different ways it can be read.’ 

Catharina is a woman of many interests. While describing her paintings, she often refers to literature and poetry. ‘There are many things at stake when I paint’ she says. ‘It’s never my intention to create a picture in the sense of portraying a specific subject. When I’m painting, I allow certain things to take shape. Sometimes, an image imposes itself. They are like characters coming on stage.’ 

‘My work may seem happy and colorful, it also invokes a sense of free-spiritedness, of doing whatever I like. But it’s exactly this radical way of claiming my freedom that provides me with a framework in which I can create exactly what I want. It’s a liberty I have created quite carefully. And despite the surface’s playfulness, there lingers this interplay of seducing and betrayal and any questions it might arise.' 

'You may not see it at first sight, but my work is always linked with my autobiographical story. Many motifs or shapes recur: they are elements from my life and they figure in my paintings. While I’m working, they come forward and I acknowledge them. Or at least recognize their place on my canvas. They come in various symbols that all have personal connotations. But my paintings are not reproductions of them, but rather interpretations. They show the intangibility of my thoughts and feelings.’ 

‘Writing poetry and literature has laid the foundation of my painting practice. I’m very much drawn towards so called ‘painters’ painters’, like Raoul De Keyser and Ilse D’Hollander, to name a few, who have really created a voice and a language in paint. Language as an image, basically. I have always loved painters whose works you can read like a poem. The question of whether something is abstract or figurative is irrelevant to me, a painting moves on a spectrum.'

(Text: Sofie Van de Velde Gallery)

Catharina Dhaen, book launch 
Thursday 28.10.2020

Available at the gallery

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