Berlinde De Bruyckere, born 1964 in Gent, Belgium, is one of Europe’s most interesting contemporary artists. To great success and international recognition she has had several exhibitions – to name one, she represented Belgium 2013 at the 55th Venice Biennale.
De Bruyckere works with sculpture and installations in materials such as wax, animal skin, hair, textiles, metal and wood. She draws inspiration from the Flemish renaissance and her core motif is human vulnerability and fragility, the suffering body – both man and animal – as well as the overwhelming power of nature. The topics may be perceived as dark, but the confrontation notwithstanding, the works need not necessarily be interpreted as tragic.
As a sculptor, De Bruyckere is interested in the possibility in working with many angles which enables more perspectives, both physical but also conceptual. For instance, it is quite usual that her works refer to both suffering as care.