Interview: Louise de Buck
Luca Curci talks with Louise de Buck during Venice International Art Fair 2020 and FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Louise de Buck, born in Brussels, studied art at the Beaux-Arts in Namur before arriving in the capital in 2003. After 3 years of study at L’Erg, Louise discovered a passion for music. In 2010, she became the host of the show “MTV Party Noise” and then formed a group until 2016. Always attracted by the plastic arts, she continues to draw and paint for herself. After several trips, she returns with a series of works in which they present women in all their forms. Her universe is very colorful, disturbing, aggressive and gentle at the same time while keeping a feminist guideline. Since 2018, Louise de Buck has devoted herself full time to painting and has developed a multitude of works. Recently, this artist has also devoted herself to creating new paintings on Skateboard.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Louise De Buck – I am preparing a series of medium formats for the Ten Gallery at Knokke in Belgium of the female body in urban and natural spaces, I work on close-ups of looks with very marked expressions that demonstrate a certain anger in the face of patriarchy and deep disconnection with nature.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
LDB – I studied fine arts then in a higher school of graphic design, I then worked as a presenter for Mtv Belgium then I did events and music to return two years ago to plastic art like a dazzling revelation that this was what I was really meant for. Life , relationships with peoples , love, the complexity of feelings in constant motion. The cinema inspires me a lot, certain music too like classical, movies like Twin Peaks, the dark mysterious atmospheres of the B series thrillers of the 80s and 90s are a great source of inspiration for me.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
LDB – For me the artist has the role of being able to convey emotion and messages without any censorship. They can be involved in a cause like feminism and allow themselves to express themselves without filters.
LC – What is your creative process like?
LDB – I think for a few days about a series or a particular image that will be like an extract from a story, then I take pictures of peoples in certain positions and then I make a collage to have a balanced composition, so I have an image very clear in my mind what the image will be at the end.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
LDB – Yes every time a person sees one of my paintings I listen to what touches them and I dig deeper with the emps thes sides, for example I’m often told that the expressions of the characters create a real emotion in the viewer therefore I emphasize this point even more. I am also often told of a certain naivety so I try to keep this spontaneity. I really appreciate the feedback of people.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
LDB – My paintings weren’t made for the festivals but it’s strange how ” The skeptical women ” fits the theme perfectly.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
LDB – My artistic exploration is located at the meeting point between the fusional relationship between nature and cities. I deeply love the interweaving of the two. Constant mutations inspire my work as a painter. And above all through the expression of the woman’s body and her assumed, claimed femininity. As a person, I am the result of a cultural hybridization, between Asia and Europe, and therefore my identity belonging goes far beyond the country where I live, I feel human above all.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
LDB – I found it very well organized, especially despite the unprecedented circumstances of the situation. Everything has been taken care of.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
LDB – I really appreciate the contacts with the people working for It’s liquid, everything was always fast, efficient and clear. And the welcome in Venice was very pleasant and benevolent.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
LDB – I have nothing to add, but maybe for artists who come to Venice to advise them on places to stay like good plans.