Elise Eeraerts (BE, 1987)
In collaboration with Roberto Aparicio Ronda
Residency period: October-December 2019
In my work both nature and technology are represented. Nature, as a theme, a context and a material, appears prominently in works that are made of earth, soil and clay. Technology is present in my practice too, mostly through the media and moments of contrast in the narrative of my work. In my latest research I have been experimenting specifically with the formal combination of landscape components with digital media in the same installation, while conceptually connecting nature and human history with technology, science and contemporary society in my discourse of new works.
More concretely I have been experimenting with several sculptures using soil, metal rods and video media/screens. One of those sculptures involves a soil suit/mask, which I started developing for a video installation where I seek to deconstruct the concept of the contemporary human being in order to draw up ideas of a reality that is rooted in nature. In other sculptures brass rods contain a display or compose images that are inspired by natural micro-world systems. Another experiment deals with the magnification and projection of a microscopic slide of soil/rock, thereby relating science with nature. It includes filters that are used in microscopy to identify minerals, which is visually very intriguing as it reveals colours that would otherwise remain invisible.
Elise Eeraerts is a multidisciplinary artist working with monumental and abstract sculptures concentrating on spatial interventions. She also creates works representing perceptions of reality through small od 2-D media objects and time-based forms of expression. Her practice activates her own visual language adapted to specific stories, situations and special contexts. She has exhibited at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Cité des Arts Paris.