contraste 1 – Marie Vandooren
Whether through photography, painting, silk screening or installations, Marie Vandooren questions urban space and the relationship we have with these daily constraints. In addition to her artistic research, she encountered these issues as a social worker with homeless people. Thus, she examined public space as a reflection of global urban planning intentions, often devoid of local particularism.
She feels some attraction for this material, but at the same time, a refusal for it function. So, she makes urban space looses its primary function by taking bits of architecture out of their context to turn them into autonomous objects. The artist becomes a portraitist of these insignificant details, relieved from their original weight, or an architect of an intimate world as are all children, future nostalgic adults.
Playing with scales and proportions, she creates a particular space that hosts inexpressive characters. They are reflections of the boredom of our modern uniform societies. From there, she tackles the worries of functioning as well as the contradiction that occupy our cities, hosts of absurd societies in which humans have difficulty to conform themselves to a role and a place that have been reserved for them.
contraste 1 – Marie Vandooren | Text by Blandine Boucheix
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