Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven’s work involves painting, drawing, computer art and video art. About her drawings she says: “Since 1974 I have made drawings from my subconscious. I always refused to find logical meaning behind the apparent mind maps. I rarely had the chance to show them – no art-world interest. I never stopped making them. All the years, mingled together, give an overview of a certain evolution going on in my brain. Now I am archiving them: thirty years of automatic drawing.”
The series Kalligraphie was produced in consultation with sources on Giordano Bruno, the structure of atoms and molecules, and Saturn. The drawings are the spontaneous outcome of all these influences. Their natural continuation is Ritual Aspects of Art, which deals with ritual and prehistoric art and artificial moons. The video Achterover / Hinterher / Backwards animates a half-naked woman leaning back: the image changes colors slowly, revealing periods of art history. In the drawings God en Geweld, the model and the skeleton imitate a magnetopath and his patient: the woman-model instills a more natural perception of death and a new kind of inner control. The collages of Shanghai Demoire incorporate Chinese ritual theater masks and Japanese naked woman pictures bought on the street in Shanghai. The artist gave each the title of a classic Chinese good luck image.
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