Drag Race to the Volcano
My paintings are like monsters of Frankenstein.
I start by collecting images, like a grave digger looking for dead bodies.
These images are often drawings that I call my darlings. I made most of these darlings while going through a rather peculiar childhood. But then something terrible happened, and I killed my darlings. I haven’t been able to bring my darlings back to life. I tried, but they became monsters — like the monster of Frankenstein. I cut my dead darlings to pieces and then I collage them back together to create a new image.
I see myself as an image-maker. In my opinion, art is about transformation and escaping into self-made worlds and inviting people in.
Just like the nonsensical road signs in Alice in Wonderland, my work points in all directions. My paintings show stories without beginnings or endings. The stairs lead to nowhere and everywhere. The paintings mean nothing and everything.
The tension between the figurative and abstract refers to the conflict between Rothko and Warhol. Rothko thought that, with his colour field paintings, he was the end of art history. But then, all of a sudden, Warhol started painting Popeye. Rothko couldn't cope with this new direction art was taking. He committed suicide. My work is a response to both. There will never be an end to art history. Art history is a never-ending story.
School of Humanities
MA Painting, 2017
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Féline Minne (born in Ghent, BE, 1987) lives in Hampstead, London, UK, and is starting a PhD in practice as research at University of the Arts London, Chelsea, in October 2017.
She was named Eveline Gevaert at birth, but being estranged from her father, she decided to change her surname to Minne, which means love in old Dutch and memory in Norwegian. Both love and memory are major themes in her work. She chose Féline as her first name because it’s the name of Bambi’s girlfriend. Bambi was her favourite childhood movie. She loves animals and nature.
- Erasmus exchange, Kunstakademie Münster, Germany, 2012; BA Animation Filmmaking, KASK, Ghent, Belgium, 2014
- Artist in Residence, Eastside International, Los Angeles, USA, 2017; Published novelist, Houtekiet, Antwerp, BE, 2014
- Drag Race to the Volcano, Light Cube Gallery, Ronse, BE, 2017; My San Francisco, 5th Base, London, UK, 2017; Benefit, White Box, New York, USA, 2016; The Art Pond, Fine Art Consult Brussels, l'Etranchement, NL, 2016
- Shortlisted for De Debuutprijs, Boek.be, BE, 2015; Shortlisted for De Bronzen Uil, BE, 2014
- Medea en ik, Houtekiet, BE, 2014, ISBN: 9789089243089; De Kunstwereld en ik, Houtekiet, BE, 2915, ISBN: 9789089244093