The intermediate stage, between beginning and end, is expressed in its purest shape through Ilse Van Roy's new work, SEEDS OF BLUE. The fragile blue eggs, made in glass, rest on burned wood. Born out of fire and ready to hatch, a new holy humankind needs to appear out of the destruction it caused itself.

 

Exclusively created with the finest glassblowing craftsmen, Ilse presents her first SEEDS OF BLUE collection, as a renewed exploration of our divine origins and as holy grails to accompany the New Ark on its world tour.

 

The blue eggs will be revealed during the NEW ARK EXHIBITION | Bangkok.

SEEDS OF BLUE

by ILSE VAN ROY

A multidisciplinary Belgian artist, Ilse Van Roy (1978) expresses herself mainly through fluid shapes of textile and glass. Both worlds demand a different physicality and, perhaps, form of breathing from her. From us.

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MEET THE ARTIST

Seeds of Blue glass sculpture - Belgian artist Ilse Van Roy - ART CAN DIE
Glass sculpture - Belgian artist Ilse Van Roy - Wim Wauman - Blauwhaus

Ilse Van Roy in a collaboration with Wim Wauman for Blauwhaus.

Glass sculpture Penelope and Antonia - Ilse Van Roy - Glasstudio Leerdam

Penelope and Antonia 2019: mold-blown glass with Glasstudio Leerdam - Gert Bullée. 

Belgian artist Ilse Van Roy I had to pay for justice this evening - Glassplate artwork
Belgian artist Ilse Van Roy - The 3 sisters Vida Dana and Alina artwork

"Have a moment to wander off. Silence out the city and all its noice. Feel what addresses you to step into. There is a duality going on, forming tension and narrative."

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.

ABOUT HER WORK

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.

A MULTILAYERED CONVERSATION.