"The Liquids"
Watercolor, Ink, Colored adhesive foil and Desinfection Fluids on paper
297 x 420 mm/ 11-3/4 x 16-1/2 in
210 x 297 mm / 8-1/4 x 11-3/4 in
© Karien Vandekerkhove
Photo: Chronicles of Visual Matters

Karien Vandekerkhove is known primarily for her extensive work as an installation artist,

but she began her professional artistic career as a lithographer, after studying at Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, NM, USA. “Seriality”, as a mode of reproduction in classical printmaking, has been of particular interest throughout her oeuvre; not through the basic principle of equal repetition, but more in the sense of slight modification of a “mother” image/subject.

“The Liquids”, a curated collection of 48 untitled drawings, began in 1997 during a time of pre-conceptual stage for the final project of her Artist in Residence, titled - the “Locker Ant” Installation.

This is a 1st Edition executed at the Locker Plant,

a building of the Chinati Foundation located in Marfa, Texas, USA. This series presents a conscious exercise of recording a specific set of emotions through the human face. A universe of deep and meaningful forms sourced within all of us.

Part of the originality of these drawings lies in the way these images were constructed; the drawing materials are representative of traditional paint and ink, while common disinfection liquids obtained from local pharmacies were used. The color of the paper she chose was to evoke “walls of old hospital wards”, as if in the marks of drawing, the act of “disinfecting” - chronicles 'silent healing'.

While her drawings seem to constitute

a separate practice from her larger installation work, they imply a similar tone; balancing between contemplative silence and secretive posture.

“Liquids” →
Hans Van Heirseele

LIQUID #42 (detail ), Gouache and ink on green paper - 11,7 x 16,5 inches; 29,7 x 42 cm. Copyright © 1997 - 2021 Karien Vandekerkhove. All rights reserved.