Temporary Show - November-December 2020
Christophe Desvallées, Annouk Thys and Rik Vandewege
Annouk Thys mostly works with ceramic materials as glaze and porcelain. During her study at LUCA Gent (BE) she knew that experimenting was important to her, bringing together different materials—both ceramic and others—to investigate how they interact. An interaction that initially arises as “self-forming.” Different layers of materials are brought together and each finds its way. This process of transformation is a way of finding new possibilities within a material. Gravity, time and space also have an influence. This interplay of experiment, creation and chance—making processes tangible and showing what usually remains invisible—is what challenges her and creates new forms. It is here, for her, that meaning arises. It is a process of transformation unfolding in installations as she made for SMAK (Gent 2010) and The Biennale of Moscow ( 2011).
Her time in the EKWC (Nl), a residency in 2013, was an opportunity to do research on the
possibility of glaze as a sculptural medium. It was a run-up to create ‘wanderfalls’. They where
shown at the 5th European Triennial of Ceramics and Glass (Mons 2017) and rewarded with the price
of the public.
Still she puts glaze and porcelain on the foreground. An elliptical and fascinating universe emerges
through their mysterious poetry. Notions of the landscape, time and elements of nature appear repeatedly in her work.
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