Catharina Van Eetvelde

One could describe the work of Catharina van Eetvelde (1967) as a search for the essence of drawing. She bases her work on the idea that a drawing is not only made up of different signs but of a coherent system of signs. Through scaling-up or scaling-down she then places all the sign systems she uses in her work in a different perspective. She enlarges, scales down, twists, changes the angle and multiplies these sign systems. This gives rise to a series of images which offer a multidimensional view of her work. Each separate sign refers to a larger whole.

Indeed, Van Eetvelde tries to find the most economical way of portraying her thoughts. Cartography is one of the sign systems she includes in her research. At the Over de mensen en de dingen exhibition the artist exhibited four of the six existing Atlas pictures and a computer animation film, Cruise. The latter was created in association with the French writer Abigail Lang and can best be described as a geopolitical fantasy. The film starts out from the drawing of a world map, with a focus on water and land. This first basic drawing gradually disintegrates into different countries which are politically and physically independent. The countries then set off on a cruise through the water in search of favourable alliances with other political entities. Belgium for example is successively coupled with the Vatican City, Chile and New Zealand. In each alliance the artist investigates what the consequences in the fields of politics, economics, culture and society would be should the borders be relaxed between the two countries.

Finally the camera zooms out once more to the world map with the words 'how to map, round or flat, the impossible image'. Cartography teaches us that the perfect projection of the round surface of the earth onto a flat area does not exist. But is not every image to a certain extent an impossible image? 

- Katelijne Beerten


13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
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