International Sculpture Center

   


Complete text in print version available at fine newsstands and through subscription.
Please visit our Membership page for more information.


<Back to Contents page>


Universal Resonances: A Conversation with Berlinde de Bruyckere
by Michaël Amy

Berlinde De Bruyckere does not pull punches. When many artists of her generation more or less loudly proclaim their emotional detachment, she feels compelled to tackle weighty universals such as loneliness, pain, and death. The fact that few other artists explore this terrain as creatively and successfully explains in part her impressive exhibition history. De Bruyckere is, for example, able to extract unexpected pathos from an accumulation of old blankets placed on top of another object. The dramatic effect results from the contrast between hard and soft matter, from the unexpected reserves of associations tied to worn blankets so evidently fraught with history, and from the way in which gravity tugs at the material, reminding us of how we will all inevitably fall.

The Black Horse, 2003. Horseskin, PU foam, wood, and iron, 295 x 286 x 158 cm. Photo: courtesy the artist.

Complete text in print version available at fine newsstands and through subscription.
Please visit our Membership page for more information.


<Back to Contents page>

Sculpture Magazine Archives

Sculpture Magazine
1633 Connecticut Ave. NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202.234.0555
Fax: 202.234.2663
Email: editor@sculpture.org