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
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Dilum Coppens
Els Wydaeghe
Dilum Coppens
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
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Rennie Geldhof
Matthieu Claus
Elsa van den Hoogen
Elsa van den Hoogen
Elsa van den Hoogen
Elsa van den Hoogen
Melissa Schaf
Joachim Claeys
myriam storms
myriam storms
myriam storms
Rit Verbeelen
Walter Dermul
Walter Dermul
Walter Dermul
Walter Dermul
Renee Delcourt
Renee Delcourt
Renee Delcourt
Renee Delcourt
Renee Delcourt
Renee Delcourt
Renee Delcourt
Renee Delcourt
Balder Van der Elst
Andrée Clément
Andrée Clément
Rit Verbeelen
Rit Verbeelen
Rit Verbeelen
Rit Verbeelen
Rit Verbeelen
Rit Verbeelen
Chris Vanderstraeten
Sona Sahakian
Sona Sahakian
Lara Recalcati
Christine Viaene
Lara Recalcati
catherine Jakus
Mira Zbikowska
Mira Zbikowska
Mira Zbikowska
Mira Zbikowska
Charlot Catteeuw
Geert Verstaen
Kim Delbarre
Laurence Durieu
Matthieu Claus
An Bedeer
Melanie De Bleeckere
Myriam Michiels