want het vergankelijke lichaam bezwaart de ziel

While reading passages from The Bible, I came upon the sentence “because the perishable body burdens the sole”. I thought it such a beautiful passage, and after extensive research saw that this idea is not only present in Christianity (a religion that is still alive), but also in more ancient forms of religion which have (largely) died out. The first source I could find to describe this idea outside of religion was Plato, who describes that soul and the body as two separate forms. In Greek, Mesopotamian, Norse and Egyptian mythology, the same phenomena seemed to be accepted, although the rituals and beliefs involving the life after the body has seized to be were more varied. 

Based on these four ancient religions, I built up four paintings which reflect the idea of the body, and the soul. The material of the paint lays thickly upon the immaterial pure white of the canvas, as the reverse of the immaterial soul that rests in the body. At the same time, the paintings hint towards the different mythologies that they represent, alluding more clearly with their titles.

4x 70x200cm
2017
Jean-Marie Petyt
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Els Wydaeghe
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Mariken Heijwegen
Dilum Coppens
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Rennie Geldhof
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Elsa van den Hoogen
Elsa van den Hoogen
Marijke Van Neygen
Marijke Van Neygen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Gema Albiol Otero
Marita Van Heurck
Marita Van Heurck
Marita Van Heurck
Marita Van Heurck
Marita Van Heurck
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Carine Van Steirteghem
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Andrée Clément
Andrée Clément
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Kathleen Ramboer
Kathleen Ramboer
Rudi Snauwaert
Muriel Colangelo
Camile Claeys
Camile Claeys
Muriel Princen
Mariken Heijwegen
Yvonne Willemse
Yvonne Willemse
Mariken Heijwegen
Mariken Heijwegen
Isabella Theys
Mariken Heijwegen