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John Foster

Magic and Mystery in the Art of Katrien De Blauwer


Katrien De Blauwer is an artist from Belgium who works by collaging elements from old magazines, found photographs, objects, dried flowers, cloth and vintage paper into compelling visual metaphors. De Blauwer's work is infused with psychological overtones — like viewing two or three frames from a film noir movie, only reassembled into something even more mysterious.  This sense of mystery and voyeuristic approach rarely allow the viewer to see full faces. We see the backs of people, parts of stories, shards of images that build a poetic whole. Her work is masterful and beautifully composed.

What I find in her work are abstract desires, a foreboding sense of loneliness, and cryptic messages being the only solid element to hold on to. De Blauwer intentionally shares only parts of stories and like most good art, it’s up to us find our own answers.

Intirgued? Check out Rick Poynor's "Collage Culture: Nostalgia and Critique", which includes the art of Katrien De Blauwer.

Conflict Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Conflict Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Conflict Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer

Couleur Pâle Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Couleur Pâle Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Couleur Pâle Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Couleur Pâle Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Couleur Pâle Seriess
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Fémin Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Fémin Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer

 

Fémin Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Fémin Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Loin Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Loin Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Loin Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Loin Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Odeur Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Odeur Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Odeur Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Odeur Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Petites Gens Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Petites Gens Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Poetic Noise Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer  


Poetic Noise Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer  


Poetic Noise Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer


Rien Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer  


Rien Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer  

  

Rien Series
Collage on paper
Katrien De Blauwer



Posted in: Accidental Mysteries, Art

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Beautiful work! Thanks for pointing it out.
Tom Buhrman
06.24.14
02:20



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