Mathieu Weemaels

Artist (Belgium)
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Some thoughts about my work

At first, I used to draw almost exclusively in
soft pastels, whose subtle tones, delicacy and
luminosity seemed to be perfectly adapted to the
intimate world of my pictures.
Having learnt to make my own sticks of pastel
from pigments, I can get extremely close to the
tints and consistencies that suit me best.

There is nothing premeditated
about my work. It is the fruit of
a daily involvement in painting
and drawing.
I am in a sense the observer of
my own activity and sometimes
only understand what i have
done much later. Over the years
a number of themes have
emerged and evolved.

The origins of my first pictures are to be found in the interior
world of my studio: simple, everyday objects, some of
which just happened to be there, others were brought in
on a whim or were the result of discoveries made in the
course of the work: candles, jackets hung on a nail, pieces
of cloth, tables... Although I have always been drawn
to representation, my intention has never been to copy
exactly what I see, but rather to make an expressive work,
independent of its sources.
Fundamentally the real subject of my ‘corners of the studio’
is silence, solitude, and beauty, emanating from the objects,
perceptible only when you watch and wait.
The cold Belgian light is an important element, bringing with
it something mysterious, a kind of nostalgia.

Mirrors occur frequently in my compositions. I have always very much liked to see reality reflected, creating the illusion of
another possible world, another reality close at hand. I have gradually developed the idea of using mirrors like windows, or like
a picture within a picture, a link with abstraction:
a deregulated space in the heart of the demanding environment of figurative painting.

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