Pigment print on Rice paper
60 × 50 cm
Edition of 35 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
about Jacqueline Mesmaeker
The Brussels artist Jacqueline Mesmaeker initially worked in fashion, design and architecture, before developing an artistic practice in the 1970s that is both conceptual and poetic.
Mesmaeker’s work is elusive, like sand sliding between the fingers. It plays with time and space through a multitude of media – film, sculpture, photography, artist’s books, drawings, etc. She reflects on the major themes of art history – and the problems that artists historically struggle with: how a gaze, frame and space relate to each other, and how an image generates meaning.
As curator Guillaume Désanges writes in his text for Mesmaeker’s exhibition at La Verrière / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: “erudite but non-academic, Jacqueline Mesmaeker’s work draws on the grand themes of the history of Western art: painting, figuration, historical subjects, nature, landscape, the frame, light etc. but as with Marcel Broodthaers, this appetite for classicism, and with it an element of pomp and circumstance, is continually distanced by a gentle, unspoken irony that lurks just beneath the surface – a critical mischievousness that allows the everyday and trivial to permeate the cracks in the edifice of classical solemnity.more...