Inside the studios of Hyun Dekempe and Lies Daenen

How defining is your studio for you? With this question we approached some participants of Atelier in beeld for our magazine Kunstletters. Today: Hyun Dekempe and Lies Daenen.

My dream atelier? The Booktower in Ghent (at the very top). 

Hyun Dekempe

Do you have a fixed working method in your studio? 
I arrive in my studio and I get it dirty. Everything stuffed. After which I have to clean up. A recurring neverending story. 

What is your favourite object in your studio? 
My scissors. The first object I grab to cut the signature of my work.  

What material do you prefer to work with? 
All kinds of paper and canvas. Composing the textures and coarseness of different types is a quest. 

What does your dream studio look like? 
The Booktower in Ghent (at the very top). 

Does your studio define the work you create?  
Content-wise, no. For the size of the work, yes. 
 

The forest is my second studio.

Lies Daenen

What material do you prefer to work with? 
I like working with natural materials. Because I make multimedia installations, this is very diverse. Pigments, inks, charcoal, hide glue, paper, wood, linen, cotton,... Preparing those materials in a traditional, often slow way helps me get started. It gets me into the mood. And it just fits best with who I am and the work I make.  

Do you sometimes work elsewhere? 
The forest is my second studio. For my current project 'Rising Trees', I can often be found there. I am in the studio to prepare, sketch, paint, experiment. Or just to muse.  

What does your dream studio look like? 
Somewhere in the middle of nature. A simple, large space with high white walls and one wall in glass, so that inside and outside seem to blend into each other. 

Does your studio define the work you make? 
My studio is actually too small for a lot of my installations. This is one of the reasons why I often head for the woods. The limitation of space can be helpful to make choices, to find focus. But in my case, it is necessary to be able to let go of that space as well.