A Gallery of Portraits or my walk through life

I have always focused on the human figure in various ways. This exciting journey, which I call “A Gallery of Portraits”, a walk through different ‘life periods’ as well as the exploration of my mind’s most unexpected places. The “Gallery of Portraits” has thus become the artistic expression of my life, physical and mentally. The fil rouge of my gallery: ‘experience’, seen (or considered) in many ways.
Until 2010, I mainly explored the 'black' palette and the representation of the human body through charcoal. My main focus back then was the use of color itself (or the absence of it) rather than the feelings that may be awakened by this representation. In the process, I tried to expose the dark side of human nature in a series of dark portraits (acrylic). My role and my contribution was therefore that of a simple observer not emotionally involved.
I can honestly say that 2010 is the year where ‘experience’ got a whole new meaning. My artistic approach and my life met in a totally new way. Together with the birth of my child, came alive my consciousness about the physical boundaries of the human body. At this moment, personal experience and art became one. It definitely meant a new era in my work and in my gallery of portraits. Life and artistic study became intertwined in a different way.
Pregnancy brought changes to my body, which disconcerted me. I lost control of my body. The boundaries of my body were changing because of a new life that was emerging in it and had to create its own boundaries. This time of my life not only brought physical changes but also emotional ones. These physical changes were the first to be translated into my work.
I started to explore how to re-think, restructure and reconstruct the human figure. This led me to work in a larger format, mainly using dry pastel and pencil. I searched how to open up a body that was enclosed by the pencil line (a boundary itself) by restructuring a part of it with color pastel, which led to new emerging boundaries.
At some point, the emotional changes brought by pregnancy and motherhood found their way back into my work and were, I suppose, the logical next step in my study of the human figure.
I did not give up portraying along the road. The focus on the emotional aspects of a portrait, and in particular on the eyes, also known as the “mirror of the soul”, is also part of my Gallery of Portraits and completes, in some extent, my study of the human figure; different and yet inseparable.