Eline 't Sant Eline 't Sant
About Eline 't Sant Eline 't Sant
Eline 't Sant is a Belgian contemporary graphic designer and painter, mostly mixed-media and assemblages.
She frequently travels through the African and Asian continents which highly
reflects in her work.
Ive always been fascinated by anthropology and archaeology : the primitive state, the purity of materials, the essence of life. Throughout my many voyages Ive been looking for new basic and raw materials. Elements out of the nomads daily life red earth, blood, milk and cow dung are either directly integrated into my works or hinted to by use of paint.
ABOUT HORNS, PARROTS AND COCKS
and many things related, as the title could go on, is a downright statement: there is something animistic about these works, a spell that lingers on and consumes itself, showing scars of a ritual past. I just initiate what the works have to finish off, bridging the relation between present and past, linking vital forces with the frailty of the objects I reanimate, using ancestral means of packing, and practising wrapping and preserving as if meant for an afterlife.
Parrots shown here without characteristic features, without the flamboyant colours, the playfulness or the remarkable gift of speech which made so many artists use them as religious symbols or metaphors for man. Strange imagery that rises questions as to what is revealed when the still recognizable birds are mummified, stilled, shrouded, drained from all colour and gagged into eternal silence?
There are hints, such as the horns. But no different from the other images, assemblages or objects, they are not evident, rather the result of a creative process. Comparable to the noble traditions of death-rites in primitive societies, they too go beyond the visible and the tangible.
Indeed, there is more than meets the eye. Strange fossils is what they look like, the buffalo-horns that used to go by pair to defend mighty animals, now stripped to the bare essentials. Theyre on their own, unique, without the weakness of whats missing, not maimed by alienation that seems to be stressed by the growth that completes their deformity and refers to recollections of organic fabrics. Seems and joints made of basic material keep them together : the animal element on one side, lifelessly stiff, and a sequel, an aftermath on the other.
Keeping balance between creation and resurrection.
Insurrection next to the second life given to the chosen recycled materials, the worn tissue and torn ligaments, there is an other life for the parrots - reminiscent of a distant past, protected as it were by the glass bells, catalogued and labelled. Rebellious, yes, as art is supposed to be, and challenging, resisting as the cocks who complete the triad. Obviously, they also serve, who only stand and wait.
Future Shows: www.elinetsant.be
BONES & TREES
Archoforum de Liege
Art Project NATURA/NATURANS
Gallery Esschius Diest
What's about religion ?
De Andere Kant.Eindhoven Netherlands
ART27/2009 On the Origin of Humanity - inspired by Charles Robert Darwin.
The EMILY HARVEY FOUNDATION GALLERY NEW YORK CITY.
A BOOK ABOUT DEATH.
Boston-Los Angeles-New Jersy
Gallery LUDWIG TROSSAERT
Ludwig Trossaert presents Eline't Sant
ABOUT HORNS, PARROTS & COCKS.
SELECTION TEMPUS ARTI 2009
International Triennial: Curator; Jan Hoet, Dirk Lambrechts and Tim Cleuren