The body as evidence of our existence—as a witness to ourselves—is a shell to all that moves us. Flemish artist Berlinde De Bruyckere (b. 1964, Ghent; lives and works in Ghent) is one of those contemporary female sculptors who explores inner and outer spaces in connection with this witness. In doing so, she investigates the finality of the body as a perceptible counterpart. Her creatures are hybrid forms, a combination of unusual elements that are found in a state of metamorphosis, evoking complex emotions. They reflect images of a both humanistic and at the same time art-historical investigation of suffering.
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