Joke Raes (BE) finished the post graduate Higher institute of Fine Arts HISK in ‘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: ‘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 Brugge ‘19 The White house gallery BE ’18 Van Abbemuseum NL, Creative residency Arita Japan, Tokyo Belgium 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