A renowned Belgian artist, expressing herself mainly through fluid shapes of TEXTILE and GLASS; both worlds demanding a different physicality and perhaps form of breathing from her. From us.
Ilse Van Roy in a collaboration with Wim Wauman for Blauwhaus.
Penelope and Antonia 2019: mold-blown glass in cooperation with Glasstudio Leerdam - Gert Bullée.
A multilayered conversation.
We are invited to consider matter and space, sensuality and guts. Van Roy’s work takes Textile and Glass materials to the limit and into the art of craft in combination with numerous other media, such as photography, video and print. Her work is a multilayered and multidimensional conversation with the world around us.
I had to pay for justice this evening 2017: glassplate, dia. 160 cm and print of clouds, steel.
The 3 Sisters - Vida, Dana and Alina, 2021.
The last few decades have been marked by a new consciousness, awakened like an elephant in the glass stores of our capitalist society as a result of the global economic and environmental crisis. We are vulnerable, not forever young, not forever pretty, not forever powerful. Nature is fragile, and once the balance is destroyed, it will inevitably hit us back. Each individual realizes that he is somewhere in that cycle, between that beginning with birth and the end that will surely come but does not reveal its secrets.
The work of Ilse Van Roy always depicts this intermediate stage, in which we all are "in-between" these phases, always uncertain, on the edge of the abyss, vulnerable forever, to all eternity. Ready to forever remind us that we should not run away anxiously. We can stand still, have a look because nothing is forever, nothing is good or bad, nothing is unbearably ugly or divinely attractive. It is both. Black is light. Silently the work whispers something we have to dwell on every now and then:
‘Memento Mori’...remember that you will die.