From the studio of Lies Caeyers

STUDIO

In Studio, new forms and techniques are created by combining the knowledge and information garnered by previous generations with contemporary insights. 

 

ALS ICH CAN

2019

Als ich can was an apprenticeship project by Sophie Kuijken and Lies Caeyers. Aside from the simple transmission of traditional painting techniques, this study also focused, in the spirit of the old masters, on an exploration of the durability of contemporary materials in building up the layers of an oil painting. Efforts were also made to find a suitable glazing technique that would allow a digitally printed background to inform the end result. This latter endeavour can again be related to the vision of Van Eyck, who very consciously investigated the combination of existing techniques with the latest scientific insights of his time.

When it came to form, Lies Caeyers took inspiration from Van Eyck’s approach of using scientific instruments to visualise things that cannot by seen with the naked eye. Using modern SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) technology, with the assistance of Professor Diederik Depla of the University of Ghent’s Department of Solid State Sciences, Caeyers attained microscopic imagery of the seeds of the plants that feature in The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb. The seeds symbolise the transfer of information from generation to generation. The monochromatic SEM images were printed directly onto ayous wood and, evoking Van Eyck’s grisaille technique, served as an underlayer on which multiple layers of oil paint could be carefully built up.

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> text The Technique and Skills of Van Eyck by Lies Caeyers (in Dutch)

> expo 'Lies Caeyers solo exhibition', Nationale 8 Gallery, Dilbeek 16.12.2020 > 27.02.2021
Lies Caeyers - Origanum Syriacum (Syrische Oregano)

Origanum Syriacum (Syrian oregano), oil on wood, 40 x 50 cm 

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Silene Coronaria (Rose campion), oil on wood, 42 x 60 cm

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Saxifraga Granulata (Meadow saxifrage), oil on wood, 50 x 35,5 cm

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Paeonia Mascula (Male peony), oil on wood,  42 x 60 cm

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Achila Millefolium (Common yarrow), oil on wood, 70 x 29 cm

 

THE CHILDREN OF MINKOWSKI

2010 

 

Hermann Minkowski, a German scientist from the 19th century, was the first to describe a mathematical space in which time was added as the fourth dimension.

 

In the production of The Children of Minkowski, a mathematical formula generates algorithmic derivatives of a 3D scan of the human body, resulting in an infinite series of strange forms. Working backwards, their consolidation could lead back to the original form, making them formal forebears.

A collaboration with Kasper Jordaens.

 

> expo 'Lies Caeyers solo exhibition', Nationale 8 Gallery, Dilbeek 16.12.2020 > 27.02.2021
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski
Lies Caeyers - The Children of Minkowski