LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
Born in 1986 from a Belgian mother and a Polish father, Idalie de Werszowec Rey was brought up in two worlds with a composite cultural heritage. Since her young age she has been exposed to different forms of art (opera, ballet, piano lessons) which has influenced her sensitivity to art, its beauty and the feelings it conveys.
All along her day to day work, she keeps in touch with art attending Académie d’Etterbeek in Illustration classes, then Académie de Watermael-Boitsfort with painting classes, and lately also Ecole des Arts de Braine-l’Alleud with pratiques expérimentales.
Lately, in an attempt to distance herself from her figurative work in painting, she has been taking pictures which she then transformed, in order to distance herself from the object captured and to approach color and form in another dimension. Over time, this work ceased to be a pretext for a painting, but a graphic research in itself.
Idalie takes pictures of nature, what captures her attention is the shape of the leaves, the delicacy of their design; the curve of a branch, its bearing and elegance. She finds them in the compositions offered by weeds invading an embankment, between nettles and wild grasses, brambles, ivy, ferns and even dead leaves. The latter, dried out, are twisted into improbable positions with an elegance and presence of their own.
The main subject of her work is nature, and more particularly plants, the ones we don't pay much attention to, the ones we pull out in well-kept gardens...
Idalie wants to highlight this beauty, unloved by ordinary passers-by, and give it a place among the bouquets of 17th-century tulips.
To do this, she chooses intertwined elements, with leaves of different shapes, compositions with dynamic lines, in search of an almost sensual elegance.
The principles on which is based her work is that:
1/ the human eye can only perceive three primary colors of light: red, green and blue, therefore all colors that we see are composed of those three;
2/ the perception of colors is eminently subjective.
By adjusting the levels of those three colors, she changes the perception of the world around us.
Playing with the color parameters, looking for the bright or dreamy hue, just as if she was standing in front of a canvas with her palette, she adorns these plants with unexpected shades, until she reaches a new balance, far from the diktat of chlorophyll.
From there, it's just a short step to forgetting the form and the subject, and retaining only the colors that blend into each other. They are reminiscent of the light that passes through a stained-glass window and fades, coloring whatever is in its path. Or the blotches to which shapes are reduced when we squint, dazzled by the light...
What she wants is for passers-by to be captivated by the colors and for their eyes to wander from one leaf to the next in the maze of intertwined leaves and branches; for the colors to envelop them and evoke an emotion, so that they don't pass by unaffected, just as she was seized, drawn away from her everyday life.
WHO I AM
I'am a painter who uses technologie to reveal the hidden beauty of nature on digital prints
CONTACT THE ARTIST