"Welcome to my realm of delicate beauty and intriguing explorations. I am Joke Raes, a visual artist who translates her creativity into a multitude of disciplines: from drawings and watercolors to sculptures and ceramics. My work weaves a profound journey through themes such as fragility, identity, portraits, masks, slumbers, and affectionate watercolor paintings. Throughout my artistic adventure, I have traversed imaginary landscapes of loving water, delved into revelations and concealments, and been touched by the boundaries between interior and exterior. My art captures emotional states and breathes life into a unique connection between humans and nature. I invite you to explore, discover, and reflect within my world of organic aesthetics and layered significance."
Joke Raes (BE)
finished the post graduate Higher institute of Fine Arts HISK ‘16. Her drawings, sculptures and installations seem to come about without any effort, but closer inspection reveals a dizzying level of detail: each work suggesting an obsession with the surface and all that lies beneath. As beautiful as her work might be, she doesn’t necessarily tell us a pleasant story. Dynamics bring along resistance and stagnation and decay is always lurking somewhere; eating its way to the surface like worms, showing through the skin, hiding inside a fabulous exuberance.
Artist residencies & exhibitions worldwide: '23 Dapostrof gallery BE, Kunstenhuis Harebeke BE, ‘22 Franzis Engels gallery NL, Sofie Van den Bussche BE ‘22 Verduyn gallery, Pilar Brussels BE, ‘21 Kunsthal Gent ‘21 Publication Transitoria @ in collaboration with Jonas Vansteenkiste editor Bruno Devos Stockmans Art book ‘21 DMW gallery Antwerp, BE ‘20 Poortersloge CC Brugge ‘19 The White house gallery BE ’18 Van Abbemuseum NL, Creative residency Arita Japan, Tokyo embassy, Kyoto Art center JP, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Gallery deMijlpaal, Cwart BE, ’17 European ceramic center NL ’15 Biennial Contemporary Art Moscow RUS ’13 Vanhaerents ArtCollection BE ’12 Amazon Forest PER, Red Sea EGY 11 Coming people SMAK BE Public Art works: ‘17 Az Alma Eeklo ‘19 Cultural center Destelheide Belgium