“ If my body would govern itself as well, according to my rule, as my mind does, we should move a little more at our ease. 
Montaigne, Essays.
 
The skin is a membrane that recovers the body and delimits it. This porous surface between the intimate and the outside, gives a face and a consistency to an invisible inside. It is a space where time, personal history and emotions arise. It is a projection screen of an identity that can be difficult to assume. The skin doesn’t always show what I want to be. It becomes an other one that reveals what we want to hide, it betrays the thought and constrains the inside.

From this moving frontier, a misunderstanding can arise. How to define ourselves when our thoughts are sometimes incoherent and what is seen of us is constantly changing. How to communicate and to interact with each other when there are the limitations of body and language.

Feeling «bad in one’s skin» (être mal dans sa peau) brings to search in the depth and at the edge of this organ. The naked body becomes a space I’m fighting against in the blank of the page. The pencil stroke is like the skin, a porous frontier. The lines divide up, turn around and recompose. The interior fills itself and overflows.

Floating bodies weighted in the flesh of the paper. Hanging bodies on transparent sails. The line and the thread slice the surface to fight against the erasure, they pierce the sheet of paper as the body is marked. To incarnate by grinding and peeling the skin. To become one with yourself, «to shed your skin (faire peau neuve)».

 

 

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2017
April : Ce qui demeure, duo show with Denis Cantiteau, 2angles, Flers (FR)
May : À corps ouvert, duo show with Douce Mirabaud, Musée du Vieux-Château, Laval (FR)
BYPASS, group show, Eva Steynen.Deviation(s), Antwerp (BE)
PEAU, group show, Fabrica114, Paris (FR)

2016
La peau, group show, Cultural center of Chênée, Liège (BE)
ITHAKA Anatomé, Visual arts festival, group show, LOKO Cultuur, Louvain (BE)
Rencontres Traverse Vidéo 2016, group show, Toulouse (FR)
Group show, Exit 11 Art gallery, Grand-Leez (BE)
Ce qu'il y a de plus profond, solo show, Eva Steynen.Deviation(s), Antwerp (BE)
Maagdenvlies, solo show, P37 gallery, Liège (BE)
Group show, Cultural center of Chênée, Liège (BE)
No comment, group show by P.R.E.S.T.I.G.E., Studio F., Ghent (BE)
Kunstwedstrijd Klein Sculptuur, CC Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-Berg (BE)
December : ATC 2, group show, Salon Mommen, Brussels (BE)

2015
A belgian politician, group show, Marion de Cannière Art Space, Antwerp (BE)
Duo show with Cédric Guillermo, Art Center of Pontmain (FR)
Group show curated by Jolien Dirix, DE Brandweer Kantine - Kunsttour Maastricht (NL)
Parcours, group show, Pôle muséal de Mons - Magasin de Papier, Mons (BE)
Dessin Quotidien #1, group show, La Manicle/Satellite Brindeau, Le Havre (FR)
Touch-lines #2, group show, Eva Steynen.Deviation(s), Antwerp (BE)
 
2014
D!NG X - II Exhibition,  group show, Kc Belgie, Hasselt (BE) 
Drawing room, group show, PAK, Gistel (BE)
Tribu[ne], group show, Manoir de St-Urchaut, Pont-Scorff (FR)
 
2013
Mon chéri, solo show, Bazart Office, Liège (BE)
In the shade, group show, PAK, Gistel (BE)
Identiteit, group show, Workplace,  Antwerp (BE)
Nous avons parfois tant de difficultés à nous digérer, group show, Secret Kitchen Gallery, Temse (BE)
 
2012
Duo show with Céline Felga, Universiteit Antwerpen-Ten Prinsenhove, Antwerp (BE)
 
2011
L’Amour ?, group show, Bazart Office, Liège (BE)
Foreign Affairs, group show at Ansembourg museum, Liège (BE)
 
  
 

RESIDENCIES / AWARDS  
2017 2angles, Flers (FR)
2016 Nominee for the Kunstwedstrijd Klein Sculptuur, CC Zwanenberg (BE)
2016 Winner of the aid of Laval (FR)
2015 Art center of Pontmain (FR)
2009 Aid for an exhibition from the Ambassade de France en Belgique (BE)
2007 Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee (BE)

 

PUBLICATIONS
2016 Très cher, galerie Eva Steynen. Deviation(s), texte de Eva Steynen
2016 L’atypique trouble, Traverse Vidéo 2016, texte de Simone Dompeyre
2016 Ithaka Anatomé, Ithaka - Loko Cultuur, texte de Sarah Verplancke
2016 Dessin quotidien #1, La Manicle/Satellite Brindeau, filmed interview by Jérôme le Goff(> video)
2016 Touch-lines #2, Eva Steynen. Deviation(s), texte de Eva Steynen
2015 Parcours, Pôle Muséal de Mons
2015 Résidences 2015 - Laure Forêt, Art Center of Pontmain, text from Eva Prouteau
2015 Laure Forêt, Editions Derrière La Salle De Bains, Red Box collection
2014 Mon chéri, Editions Derrière La Salle De Bains, Pickpocket collection
2014 D!NG #8, online magazine by Jolien Dirix
2010 [Don’t] Mind the Body, texts from Eva Steynen
2009 Touch-Line, Laure Foret, Etienne Fouchet, Nina Vanhee, texts from Eva Steynen

 

STUDIES
2002 - 2007 : Studies in the European School of Arts of Bretagne, Quimper (FR)
2007 : DNSEP art option with magna cum laude (Master)
2005 - 2006 : Studies stay in Sint Lucas University College of Art, Antwerp (BE)
2005 : DNAP art option with magna cum laude (Licence)