How far we can Go
Soloshow Nathalie Vanheule

FINNISSAGE 10.12.17 English teaparty with coffee and cakes baked by Nathalie Vanheule 10.12.17 from 2-5pm

How far can we go
Nathalie Vanheule

In this exhibition I explore the limits of the material, physical and emotional aspect.
The transcending of our borders is something we do constantly.
This happens as an expression of a consciousness to reach the goal that we have in mind. Crossing borders can also happen unconsciously by imprisonment in self-made patterns or by what others expect from us. This resulting pattern of overcrossing the physical, emotional borders has almost become a necessity. How far do we want to go is a question we ask every day.

The works built from sandpaper seem to have a desire to break out of their own frame, they have stains as memories of a fight for love and freedom. The sandpaper is passionately crafted with the fingertips and human body dripped in pigment and make-up.
Sandpaper is a metaphor for boundary and flattening in the physical and emotional state we are in too often. Sandpaper polishes the wood. Makeup polishes the face. Make up has been applied as a physical drawing on the paper where we find a mechanically cold print as a memory from a repeated act. We take a lot of society. As long as it looks good and polished. When does the moment arrive to say stop. Change has never been easy.

Ashes refer to transition. It is a remnant of fire. Fire means destruction, passion and new energy. It is used as a fertility technique. The use of royale blue refers to the desire and the hope. The meaning of the pure blue pigment is the clarity and richness of the mind. The generous blue is like a blue vein of hope and positivity that erases our fears with its strength.