Lives and works in Antwerpen, Belgium.
Underneath the cobblestones, the beach. A surreal fata-morgana. A hidden substrate, stabilizing the man-made structure above. A breaking open of the surface to see what it obscures. Rejecting the smoothness to plunge into the foam. The hard, static, supportive and the soft, changing, fluid. A different way of looking at our surroundings that uncovers new possibilities.
Walks, in the open air and on canvas, cultivate the sensibility to notice and cross these terrains vagues who inherently like to camouflage themselves. Here, notions of culture or nature lose their meaning. Here is neither inside nor outside. It are indefinite, uncertain and ever shifting areas without borders. These are territories of infinite possibility. There are no paths: you are invited to find your own.
Sous les pavés, la plage. - Witold Vandenbroeck
Witold Vandenbroeck is an artist, photographer and writer. His paintings can be read as a translation of his personal philosophy on the relationship between man and nature. This theme unfolds in the figuration of plants, stones and literal pottery, among others, which he depicts iconographically. In doing so, he tries to unravel the hidden structure of society driven by economic and political models and explore the value of authenticity. Thus, during long walks with or without a camera, he takes space and time to write, paint and to just be in the landscape. He looks for a connection that is lacking within our society, especially in urban contexts.
This principle is also reflected in the materiality. In an artisanal way, he often, but not exclusively, mixes animal glue with natural pigments.