Emotions have always been the driving force and main consideration in the work of Katrien De Blauwer. She is strongly drawn to the uncomfortable in human emotion; pain, sorrow, loss, desire. It’s about life and death, what we are, what we signify, how we are loved.
Katrien De Blauwer collects and re-uses pictures and supports from old magazines and papers, engaging them in a vision that occurs directly in the hand, becoming thereby more physical and tactile. She gives new meaning and life to what is residual, saving the images from destruction and including them in a new narration that combines intimacy and anonymity.
Katrien De Blauwer gives new meaning and life to what is residual, saving images from destruction and including them in a new narration that combines intimacy and anonymity. Her work therefore deals with memory, basically. Memory by accumulation rather than by substraction. Her work brings to mind the procedures of photomontage or film editing. The cut being used as a frame that marks the essential.
Katrien De Blauwer’s book ‘I do not want to disappear silently into the night’, published by Avarie in 2014, has been well received and is sold out. Recently the book Stills was published, a collaboration with artist Danny Clay. It consists of a book and a vinyl record.
Katrien de Blauwer (b. 1969) was born in Ronse, Belgium, lives and works in Antwerp. She started her first collages in 1993 and she has never stopped since then. Her work has been published in The New York Times (USA), Conscientious Photo Magazine (USA), Chronicle Books (USA), EIN Magazine (China), Unflop Magazine (Italy), The Age of Collage (Gestalten, Germany).
See Katrien De Blauwers Tique Artist Edition in Tique | art paper #1: Transition.