want het vergankelijke lichaam bezwaart de ziel

While reading passages from The Bible, I came upon the sentence “because the perishable body burdens the sole”. I thought it such a beautiful passage, and after extensive research saw that this idea is not only present in Christianity (a religion that is still alive), but also in more ancient forms of religion which have (largely) died out. The first source I could find to describe this idea outside of religion was Plato, who describes that soul and the body as two separate forms. In Greek, Mesopotamian, Norse and Egyptian mythology, the same phenomena seemed to be accepted, although the rituals and beliefs involving the life after the body has seized to be were more varied. 

Based on these four ancient religions, I built up four paintings which reflect the idea of the body, and the soul. The material of the paint lays thickly upon the immaterial pure white of the canvas, as the reverse of the immaterial soul that rests in the body. At the same time, the paintings hint towards the different mythologies that they represent, alluding more clearly with their titles.

4x 70x200cm
2017
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Jean-Marie Petyt
Els Wydaeghe
Dilum Coppens
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Mariken Heijwegen
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Rennie Geldhof
An Bedeer
An Bedeer
Dany Baekelant
Valentina Contato
Valentina Contato
Valentina Contato
Valentina Contato
Valentina Contato
Valentina Contato
Yvonne Willemse
Yvonne Willemse
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Sandro D'Agostino
Freek Kolder
Mariken Heijwegen
Elise Willems
Elise Willems
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Mariken Heijwegen
Yvonne Willemse
Myra De Munck
Chris Van Autryve
Chris Van Autryve
Mariken Heijwegen
Yvonne Willemse
Mariken Heijwegen
Bart Deberlanger
Mariken Heijwegen
Bart Deberlanger
Bart Deberlanger
Matthieu Claus
Kathleen De Vos
Kathleen De Vos
Kathleen De Vos
Kathleen De Vos
Kathleen De Vos
Mariken Heijwegen
Matthieu Claus
walter dermul
walter dermul
walter dermul
Tamara De Prest
Bart Van Der Schueren
Bart Van Der Schueren
Bart Van Der Schueren
Bart Van Der Schueren
Freek Kolder