Sara Plantefève-Castryck

These ceramics represent my painterly color research in rethinking the art of drawing. By playing with different shapes and rearranging colored pieces the room takes shape in a different way. It becomes a complete sensorial experience. The project also shows my way of exploring and working with a new medium in my practice. Trying to find other ways to accomodate the drawings. Experimenting with different methods of molding clay, different techniques to apply to clay like glazes and ceramic pencil drawings. During this proces the spontaneity of the drawing is still very present. When looking closely, or not even close at all, you can notice the ceramics are cracked, broken and glued back together, glazes flaked off or wrong colors appeared after firing the ceramic pieces in the ovens. But it doesn’t matter, they are my attempt in translating the art and the act of drawing and my drawings are never perfect so why should the ceramics be.

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Duo show with artist Stacy Brafield

The exhibition is based on the dialogue that formed between the two artistic practises in the past year. The questions and results that have arose from these experiments are shown to the audience by means of sound, performance and drawing. The artists challenge the audience to perceive the exhibition in different ways by guiding them with two parallel narrations, that sometimes invisible merge together, throughout the entire installation.

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For this exhibition I brought together artist books, drawing, and performance. The books are handprinted and based on my drawing archive. Each page has been carefully selected and composed in relation to one another. Playful tools to explore the installation through my eyes.

Two-dimensional drawings in the gallery space are activated by the audiences movement. The viewer carries the book around the space, holding it in front of them and so temporarily activating the drawings into three-dimensional moving sculptures. Through audience exploration and play, temporal layers are created within the gallery space. The audience is an important link connecting the book and installation.

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Wallhangings is a project where i specifically focus on the print and its aesthetics. I try to get prints out of their fashion comfort zone, where very often they are a part of a bigger whole. These wallhangings are digital collages that are based on drawings, after printing the big textielpieces get stretched onto frames. The visual aspect is the central focus point, with the main attention on the play of colours and shapes.

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Colours and patterns are at the heart of the room. How do they affect the surroundings and how can a perfect symbiosis be created between colour, pattern and the space in which they are depicted. Or, at which point does the interplay result in a state of chaos, restricting man and mind from entering the room? By means of installations this idea is explored. For this purpose colourful or graphic black-and-white drawings are translated into hand-painted canvasses, digital prints, textiles and weavings.

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A project where I explored the use of color for a year long. I explored color in space by means of patterns, knittings and drawing. In this self-constructed installation I bring together smaller and bigger experiments with material and space. This installation was a starting point for a longer and deeper research about color.

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An object created for a performance. Investigating the me in my artwork. Looking at different ways of dissolving myself in my artifical surroundings

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A serie of corner installations where i’m looking for interesting graphic constructions. A game between colour, patterns, material and space.

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This one of a kind book is designed being part of the Black & White Patterned Space. This publication translated the graphic installation in book-form by using drawings and pictures. Combining these both mediums made the publication a strange medium to read. Original pictures of textiles laying spread out on drawings are printed on paper. These again are surrounded and covered by drawings. Going through the book you get this strange confusion about the real dimensionality of things shown. The confusion the audience feels in the installation is translated in this publication.

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An installation where I researched how my prints interacted with the surrounded and constructed space. How to play with dimensionality without losing the key trademark of the feeling and surface of textiles. The feeling of the installation was afterwards translated in a one of a kind book.

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These knittings were part of the installation Patterns for colouring space. In these knittings I aimed to research the translation of drawings on textiles and in this case specifically in the field of digital knittings. By translating my drawings very literal, without doing any touch ups or translating it as an abstract digital file, small errors arised in the knittings. On some pieces you can see some colored stitches are out of place or you can see some very irregular shapes. These errors contribute to the specific character of every piece. By working with different knitting techniques I also added extra layers to my knitted drawings. For instance; by replacing colors by translucent thread the back of the knittings appeared visible seen from the front. Not only did the back appear, by adding a new layer of translucent thread, the knitting also received a sort of extra dimension, creating a new dimensional layer to the piece. The whole experiment resulted in a colorful and experimenting collection of textiles that could be used as a functional object, just as much being seen as an textile object by itself. The collection consists of several big textile pieces, ranging from 2m x 1,5m to smaller samples pieces highlighting the different experimental stages.

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