Katrien De Blauwer’s collages are wonderfully surreal in their totality, their pureness, their emotional content and in the manner in which they were conceived – out of her love of narrative.
De Balwiwer creates her collages – out of old prints, paper and found objects – in an attempt to visually capture human emotions; pain, love, loss, desire, the pictures working on a sub-conscious level that transcends borders, language and culture. Some work better than others, but all leave us questions, force us to look for signposts, to find a answer to her puzzle. Each collage is imbued with its own history, characters, drama, there is a theatre in each composition that makes them beguiling, intriguing, a film that we’ve come to halfway through. Here’s what she has to say about her work:
Emotions have always been the driving force and main consideration in what I do and make. I am also strongly drawn to the uncomfortable in human emotion, like pain, sorrow, loss, desire. It’s about life and death, what we are, what we signify, how we are loved.
I like the directness of pictures and their presence. With my idiosyncratic, condensed cuts and pastes I try to relate a story of my own. In doing so, I find, often unwittingly, new meanings and associations, which also has a therapeutic effect on me. It’s a process of finding my own language and listening to it.