Interview: Veerle Verbeke | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Veerle Verbeke

Interviews | June 15, 2022 |

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Luca Curci talks with Veerle Verbeke during the 15th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at Palazzo Bembo.

“My inspiration comes from my childhood, the animation film: the Japanese anime in a colorful palette with large melancholic eyes and a philosophical wallpaper. The human being and his emotional landscape fascinates me immensely. I can stare, observe and fantasize for hours. The face is an emotional landscape. The journey up to that point. The unique story of the person.”

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Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Veerle Verbeke –
Currently I’m working on a biomorphic series. This project started after my series of self-portraits that are now in the ITSLIQUID Exhibition in Venice. The biomorphic series is based on the form of my face, an upside-down egg. The egg is the beginning of everything, the base of life. Then I thought of what I could do with the form of an egg. And so I came to my ‘little monsters’, my liquid emotions. They are now leading their own life on canvas and as soft sculptures, so people can touch ‘emotions’. You can literally touch and feel ’emotion’.

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LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
VV –
I started in 2016. I followed art school for a few years after I stopped my profession as an independent vintage shopkeeper. The lessons in art school went way too slowly for me. So I began to watch youtube to learn, read a lot of art/philosophy/history/poetry books and saw lots of art in lots of musea in Europe. I guess you could call me a very curious self-taught human at the school of everyday life. During that period Covid19, I painted every day so my evolution as an artist started to take an explosive start.

LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
VV –
The role of ‘real’ and ‘pure’ artists is to be themselves and stay connected with their inner energy, their inner human, the core of everything, the core of life. So they can be the mirror for society. They are needed in the cycle of life to bring change and progress. Especially contemporary art. The beating heart of the life that is now, at this moment.

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LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
VV –
The period we had to stay indoors for the Coronavirus was very clear, we need other people. We need communication, we need to learn from each other. Otherwise, we get stuck in our own thinking, and like in stagnant water, you get sick from drinking that water. So yes, people enrich me, they inspire me, they gave me fuel, and they are my energy. During every exhibition I talk about emotions to people, I tell my story so they can connect. They can feel my story and so they can feel their story, so we are in connection at that moment. Connection is the enrichment we all need in this world right now.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
VV –
To me my art is both. It is a medium I use to get my message out. But it is also the expression of my inner soul.

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LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
VV –
I made a series of self-portraits on the pages of my favourite book ‘the Magic Mountain’ of Thomas Mann. I painted my face with a story underneath. My body contains a lot of stories. All different kinds of little stories made me who I am today. And all the stories we had in our lives we can see in the face, in the eyes, the skin. Traces of all our stories. Our face is the whole story, the story of everything. Every day that face changes, new stories are added everyday.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
VV –
I reacted on the open call because the theme resonates with my work. I was already inspired. It is like a puzzle that fits.

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LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
VV –
I don’t really have an idea about the group yet because it’s all new to me. I’m just beginning to read the story about ITSLIQUID. It sounds great. I love the word Liquid. Liquid has all forms, like water it takes the form of the container where it is put.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
VV –
I think the organisation sounds good. I wasn’t there in Venice so I can only judge from behind my desk, behind my computer screen. It looks ok. The shipping went well. When I had questions I always got a quick response in my mail. My work looks good on the wall, I asked someone to take pictures so I could see where my work was placed.

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