Ilse Van Roy is a renowned Belgian multimedia artist, expressing herself mainly through fluid unconventional shapes of glass and textile. TEXTILE and GLASS; both worlds demand a different physicality and perhaps form of breathing from her. From us. We are invited to consider matter and space, sensuality and guts. Van Roy’s work takes both materials to the limit and into the art of craft in combination with numerous other media. Her work is a multilayered and multidimensional conversation with the world around us. She wanders into photography, video, print, and shapes spaces of objects, objects shaped spaces, defining the void and fill.
“The last few decades have been marked by a new consciousness, awakened like an elephant in the glass stores of our capitalist society as a result of the global economic and environmental crisis. We are vulnerable, not forever young, not forever pretty, not forever powerful. Nature is fragile, and once the balance is destroyed, it will inevitably hit us back. Each individual realizes that he is somewhere in that cycle, between that beginning with birth and the end that will surely come but does not reveal its secrets.”
The work of Ilse Van Roy always depicts this intermediate stage, in which we all are "in-between" these phases, always uncertain, on the edge of the abyss, vulnerable forever, to all eternity.
Ready to forever remind us that we should not run away anxiously. We can stand still, have a look because nothing is forever, nothing is good or bad, nothing is unbearably ugly or divinely attractive.
It is both. Black is light. Silently the work whispers something we have to dwell on every now and then: ‘Memento Mori’...remember that you will die.
“Art Can die” is collaborating with Van Roy to create her most ambitious project to date to develop a collection of human-sized blue eggs as a renewed exploration of our divine origins.
Her BLUE SEEDS will be exhibited together with the New Ark in different European art capitals in 2022.