Joke Raes finished the post graduate Higher institute of Fine Arts HISK in ‘16. Her organic drawings, sculptures and installations seem to come about without any effort but closer inspection reveals a dizzying level of detail: each work suggesting an obsession with the surface and all that lies beneath. As beautiful as her work might be, she doesn’t necessarily tell us a pleasant story. Dynamics bring along resistance and stagnation and decay is always lurking somewhere; eating its way to the surface like worms, showing through the skin, hiding inside a fabulous exuberance.
Residencies & expo worldwide: ’19: Van Abbemuseum NED, CC Destelheide public Artwork BE, ’18: Creative residency Arita Japan, Tokyo Belgium embassy, Kyoto Art center JP, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens BE, Cwart BE , Gallery deMijlpaal BE ‘17: European ceramic center NL ‘15: Biennial Contemporary Art Moscow RUS ‘13: Vanhaerents ArtCollection BE ‘12: Amazon Forest PER, Lima gallery shows, Red Sea underwater exhibition EGY ‘11: Coming people SMAK, Ghent.