wed 06 - tue 26.06.2018
Photo: Joke Raes
After having studied visual arts at both Ghent University and HISK (Belgium) Joke Raes has explored a wide array of media in her artistic explorations to date and is rapidly building an eclectic body of work that is rooted in reality yet remains intangible at the same time. Her drawings, sculptures and installations seem to come about without any effort but closer inspection reveals a dizzying level of detail: each work has been crafted with great care, suggesting an obsession with the surface and all that lies beneath. Everything is clearly structured, finished into shapes that allows the viewer to construct their own story. Several formal themes can be discerned in her work, like the imaginary line that divides an assemblage or drawing in two halves or corresponding spheres. A prominent place is reserved for the imaginative botanical forms that she is drawing, lasering, moulding, knitting and assembling. Raes worked in the theatre for several years as a designer and performer but she gradually found her place in the visual arts following an under-water exhibition in the Red Sea and a residency among indigenous people living deep inside the Peruvian Amazon. These days, she frequently exhibits in Belgium and abroad. In 2017, Raes realised her first large public art commission for the Alma General Hospital in Eeklo. Two textile banners measuring six by sixteen meters each decorate the atrium and a series of large lenticular prints shorten the time spent waiting in 27 rooms divided over several wards. In the summer of 2017 she developed ceramic works as an artist in residence at sundaymoring@ekwc in the Nederlands. In 2018 she worked in the Creative residency in Arita Saga, Japan. There she created sculptural works in porcelain. The results you could see in Tokyo at The embassy end Kyoto Art center. The next projects will be in Osaka Japan en Cwart in Knokke Belgium.