Tight lines, regular and repetitive grid patterns shape urban landscapes. There are
hardly any resting points. That hustle and bustle to look at makes us feel
uncomfortable without thinking about it. Anne Van Boxelaere (°1983) singles out
these lines and paints them. The grids are a metaphor for how we subdivide and
interpret reality. We look at the world from our framework. Her series of paintings of
office buildings emphasises the tautness of horizontal and vertical lines. The
depiction of light forms an essential part of her work. She uses colours or textures to
represent light and make patterns visible.
Van Boxelaere herself lives in a city. With her work, she shows how everything can
exist alongside and with each other there. Several paintings highlight the urban
landscape as a construction with the presence of grids. In other works, she
emphasises the city as a fabric and colourful amalgam. There, the lines fall away and
the play of light and mutability comes into the foreground. This translates into
paintings where various aspects, such as cultures, religions and eras, come together.
When we see her work, we are touched because with her paintings, Van Boxelaere
exposes our way of thinking. It is a system that determines how we see things, but it is
only an interpretation and shows us the relativity of things.
January 2021, Indra Devriendt
Artists: Anne Van Boxelaere