Interview: Brecht Bossuyt
Luca Curci talks with Brecht Bossuyt during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Brecht Bossuyt is an enthusiastic poetic realist. He looks at the world through a contemporary view that reflects contemporary reality. He’s often a person who positions himself in relation to his environment. Its imagery is simple. Man is represented in his pure appearance, he’s refined and innocent. He does this with a delicate technique that produces beautiful results in pristine condition.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Brecht Bossuyt – I don’t have any artistic background nor education. I’m a self-taught artist. Actually, I work primarily as a police officer. Many experiences from my daily job and life have an influence on my mindset and the need to express my inner feelings through art.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
BB – In fact, I started sculpting only three years ago out of the blue. I had knee surgery and had to rehabilitate at home. I was bored and had the idea of making a small figure out of paper marché. So I started but I didn’t have the right equipment to sculpt the face which was very rudimental at that time. One day I passed by an art shop and saw some equipment in the shop window. I went in and showed was I was making. Clearly, I surprised the shop owners because they asked me at which academy I was currently going. Of course, I had a small laugh and had to say “none”. So they said I had some hidden undiscovered talents and they asked me if I ever worked with clay. That day I walked out of the shop with a brick of clay and the adventure started. Due to the fact that I don’t have any education, I had to figure out everything by myself. Through trial and error, I started to experiment with different styles, materials and techniques. After some time I had my own style of sculpting and figures.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
BB – Everything I make comes from somewhere inside. That can be an inner feeling I’m dealing with or things that I like or which awake emotions. The essences are emotions and the fact to be able to transmit this feeling to the customer. The most beautiful thing is when you see a sparkle in people’s eyes and you share or recognize these feelings. Also being able to make people think and reflect on themselves is very important to me. Actually, I think that’s the whole concept of art.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
BB – First I started sculpting in clay. At that time I just went through a divorce and so my sculptures were very expressive. As for myself, I was changing and evolving I started with the serotonin series. I wanted to express positive emotions through sculpting or mixed media. The figures of the serotonin series are white mounted on a black frame or base. All figures are male and many customers reflect them to my appearance due to the fact that they are bald. The white color and the fact the models are naked refer to purity. The combination with black always looks good and gives a tight presentation functional in many interiors. Sometimes I step out of my comfort zone and try a totally different style such as the works ‘surrender’, ‘la femme tulipe’ or ‘tubbing’ to mention a few examples. I don’t like to be fixated on one style or type of art. The freedom to experiment and evolve is very important to me as I’m just started and found my passion for sculpting.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
BB – Like I already said the main inspiration is my inner self and the feelings I want to express. Sometimes I get inspiration from pictures of true people in certain positions which gives me a bunch of ideas to work with. One time I even made a wall lighting combined of an epoxy coated panel in combination with porcelain/gold leaf. At that time I got my inspiration for a design radiator. I like to model a world with a contemporary face that reflects contemporary reality. Very often it is about the individual who positions himself in relation to his environment. The imagery is simple. Man in his pure appearance, refined and innocent. I try to do this with a delicate technique that produces beautiful results in pristine condition. The use of white synthetic resin gives the naked characters a virgin appearance.
LC – Can you explain something about the artwork you have in our exhibition?
BB – The work currently exhibited is based on a work I made a while ago. I loved the original version but wanted to make it in a modern version suitable for mounting on the wall. This way I made ‘What’s on your mind’ currently exhibit. The center of the artwork is a female face made out of bronze and then layered with 22-carat gold. The eyes are covered by a gold shield. The mask mounted on a panel in Yves Klein Blue with a black oak frame. What’s on your mind represents the nature of human in their involuntary behavior of thinking and the process that comes along with it. Thinking and consciousness are difficult to separate. The consciousness is continuously filled with thoughts or projections which follow each other in a rapid flow. The shield for the eyes preventing to project or the observer to see inside.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
BB – Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 pandemic I was not able to see my own work exhibited for real but for me it was a great honor and privilege to exhibit in Venice. I love the concept of showing contemporary art in different locations.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
BB – Yes I did. It was pleasant cooperating and very professionally substantiated. The live feed of images and video work was very pleasant.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
BB – A social media well build platform for letting people discover and enjoy art all over the world.