Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Liesbeth Henderickx.
Lives in Gent, Belgium
How do you describe your own art practice?
I make sculptures that arise from primitive circular shapes. Technical drawings that looks like ground plans, drawn layer by layer, myself constantly imagining how it would look if it would be a sculpture. Details that appeal to me both in architecture, sculpture as objects are translated into drawings. That then subsequently return in one of my 3-dimensional shapes to be incorporated into a sculpture. The drawings are a guide to build my sculptures as building blocks.
What was your first experience with art?
The encounter that impressed me the most is when I went to art school for one year after I finished secondary school. We visited the Biennale of Venice and as you could imagine at my first real experience I got overloaded with art, and I really loved it!
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
I guess the greatest source of inspiration would be living my live and seeing the things I see. Notice things just out of the blue, that makes me wondering and maybe starts a bigger exploration that leads to a new work.
What do you need in order to create your work?
Even though I work with a raw and dirty material I need a place where everything is organized, clean and even cozy. During the process it all gets very messy and I loose structure but I always need a clean start and the promise to myself that I will keep it that way.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been working on a new drawing for a long time, but I want to use this one to make a Series of sculptures. Those will be exhibited initially in separate places, the sculptures are always constructed in the same order as I’ve made the drawings, but by playing with the sequence in which the drawings are transformed in a sculpture I still can change a lot in how it will look. Because the two places where a will exhibit are different I could play with the form depending on what I think of or how I feel about the specific exhibition. One sculpture could be more monumental by stretching out the form. The other one could be smaller and broader so it would be something in between a sculpture and an object, which I guess would make it look like it is a part of something bigger.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
That would be the work of Etienne Courtois. He Lives and works in Brussels. I met him because we exhibited together. I was very surprised by his technique and his colorful and misleading images and the aesthetic value of it.