Cecile Broekaert writes about her work:
My cardboard paintings are almost the size of a postcard, a vast collection of images that I keeps aligned in boxes like family pictures.
Fragments that can be regrouped in series or into typologies: landscapes, details, portraits, objects, plants, cityscape.
With their appealing colors, they might look innocent at first sight; pretty pictures, details of decorative objects.
But like make-up or masks, that’s only a façade, hiding an underlying feeling of melancholy or nostalgia for a time or place you’ve never known, also known as Anemoia.
A monotype print or an engraving sometimes hide under the layers of paint and oil pastels of these cinematographic nocturnal views.
I cover up and scratch the surface, carving shapes into the images.
Each faceless character becomes a palimpsest, the accumulation of different stories into a blurry memory.
These anonymous lonely figures are sleepless night workers, movie cowboys, children’s toys and dolls.
Glimpsing at them puts us into the position of a voyeur, like peeking through an illuminated window at night.”
Images and text courtesy the artist