Jan 07, 2017 — Mar 11, 2017
Galerie Nathalie Obadia is delighted to present the first exhibition of Sophie Kuijken in Paris after two exhibitions held in Brussels in 2014 and 2016.
Born in Bruges (Belgium) in 1965, Sophie Kuijken has worked for 20 years in the most complete privacy. She chose to destroy a large part of her creations from these years of research, until finally, in 2011, she accepted the invitation of Joost Declercq, director of the Museum Dhont-Dhaenens (Belgium), to showcase her work for the first time.
At first glance, Sophie Kuijken paints portraits. However, her pictures are everything but random. Her paintings exude a strange mystery. The artist composes her works with images she collects from Internet. Using key words (such as a term, a number or a place), she picks photographs of people that inspire her. She then mixes and patches up fragments of faces and symbols from these iconographic explorations in order to give life to new individuals.
In multiplying identities, she creates unique individuals that she later transposes in her work. Through this visual recycling, Sophie Kuijken brings strong presences into being, by which the portrait is reimagined and recreated.