Galerie Jan Dhaese, Ghent
Geared towards the ultimate creation of complex, multi-layered and abstract images, Hedwig Brouckaert’s artworks are based on mass-produced and mass-distributed mail-order catalogs and other forms of advertisement. She deconstructs its image, message, context and goal. In our throwaway society, magazines and brochures arrive as pristine, glowing objects in the mail or on the newsstand yet are meant to disappear quickly and to become trash, to be replaced by the most recent information. Brouckaert’s work on the contrary, is the result of often antiquated and slow processes. Her drawings exit the figurative and enter a whole new time-space dimension that’s alien to its original context of fashion and commerce. The series Illusive Flesh of Light presented at VOLTA ‘18, is a response to the sudden deaths of the artist’s father, and five months later, of her sister. In these mixed media works, forms are disintegrated and boundaries are dissolved, leaving in sight the signs of the process. As a memento mori, Brouckaert’s work reflects on mortality and the vanity of life in the hyper-consumer world of today.
A native of Ghent, Belgium, Hedwig Brouckaert received her MFA from the University of California, Davis after completing a Masters in sculpture at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels and a Postgraduate at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Belgium. Brouckaert received numerous grants from the Flemish Government in Belgium, and fellowships of the Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio (IT), Liguria Study Center Bogliasco (IT), Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, Hafnarborg Museum of Iceland, Yaddo (NY), Valparaiso Foundation (SP), Anderson Ranch (CO), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and FLACC (BE). Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout the US and internationally, including ‘Re/pro/ducing Complexity’ with work by Jorinde Voigt and Nelleke Beltjens at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (BE), Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders (DE), Kentler International Drawing Space (NY), Bangkok Art and Culture Center (TH), and the Pallazo Vendramin Costa (Venice IT). Brouckaert is currently living and working in NYC and Ghent (BE).