EDWIGE FOUVRY / éphémère

The exhibition EDWIGE FOUVRY / éphémère took place from 22nd of July until 9th of September 2016. The opening day was on 21st of July 2016.

The French artist Edwige Fouvry was born in Nantes, France, in 1970 and currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. After finishing her Masters degree in 1996 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre, Brussels, she has been exhibiting mostly in Europe and North America.

-éphémère- is the French for fugacious. The title of the exhibition embodies the temporary character of snapshots and lost opportunities. Edwige Fouvry converts in her nearly abstract but still figural paintings, the visual, into ephemeral memorabilia. As a result of her expressive brushwork, the artist is able to capture the fugacity of the momentary uniqueness. So the visualized subject experiences a metamorphic process by which it will be constantly reshaped. In this way the subject obtains a specific expression, which by far exceeds simple imitation of nature. Even if Edwige Fouvry's paintings look like pictures taken from the windows of trains, they are not directly related to real life. Instead she uses a deeper formal language to transmit a revealing and strongly personal subjectivity. Elements such as childhood recollections, memories and life impressions are the themes with which the artist creates an emotional truth, embbeded in brush strokes. As the artist notes „When you try to recall a place or a person, you form an image, but you also experience an emotion: the visual becomes the emotional“.

Inspired by the visceral sense of Lucian Freud (1922-2011), she renounces a specific model, the most basic assumption of conventional portrait painting, in favour of the sensuality and uncertainty that a human body obtains, when it is painted from memory. As memories are not always clear, so are the artworks of Edwige Fouvry, figures and landscapes are riddled with scrappy and blurry colour fields. Due to this incomplete appearance, the subject always stays anonymous. Only the artist knows the places and personalities she is painting and has therefore ultimate authority over the spectators and decides on the insights she allows them to experience.

Text: Estelle Vallender


25th of January until 09th of March 2019