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
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
Dilum Coppens
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Leen Huysmans
Rennie Geldhof
Laurence Durieu
Matthieu Claus
An Bedeer
An Bedeer
Melanie De Bleeckere
Myriam Michiels
Gieles Van Duyse
Peter Minten
Fabienne Verhulsel
Peter Minten
Ingrid Amerlinck
Josiane Coene
An Bedeer
Christine Marchand
Kim Delbarre
Charlot Catteeuw
Andrée Clément
Christine Marchand
Kim Delbarre
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Andrée Clément
Carine Booghs
Hans Defer
Carine Booghs
Carine Booghs
Carine Booghs
Carine Booghs
Carine Booghs
Carine Booghs
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Maria Wilken-Keeve
Andrée Clément
Kris Vanderlinden
Kris Vanderlinden
Andrée Clément
Kore Hermans
Marc Goddefroy
Jan Moerman
Evgeniya Martyniuk

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Evgeniya Martyniuk
Evgeniya Martyniuk
Laurence Durieu
Laurence Durieu
Laurence Durieu
Laurence Durieu
Laurence Durieu
Laurence Durieu
Laurence Durieu
Lauke Huys
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Christine Marchand
Kristien Hubrechts
Viviane Herremans
Viviane Herremans
Sophie Van Hoecke
Christa Verheyen
Tom Veys