03/12/2006

Irène Sweijd

Irène Sweijd a dance like a prayer

06-1

© photos Luc Schrobiltgen

Any time Irène Sweijd, from Antwerp, was along the rails; she created the same surprise as she shows the biggest interest into life, energy and optimism. Mix-media on canvas are like a digest of movement and impressions; she uses the canvases as other one use their recorder to collect all the music of the world.

There is something like the shaman rituals in the way she situates the main lines of her pictures. Pictures? Not exactly but a kind of roundabout of various signs and signals resulting in a nervous dance that finally covers the canvas edge to edge and represent normal human emotions accumulated in the most tangible way.

The visitors will have the impression of a whirl of coloured touches. In fact the drawing lines appear from under the colour touches because the painter likes to draw and never forgot it is the first and main thing to install in the canvases. For those wanting to know how it develops, let us say emotion is growing up intensively as (just to compare) like in the famous Bolero from Ravel, mainly when presented on stage by Maurice Bejart.

Any explanation? The artist was born in July in 1940 and life at that time was not at all quiet.

Later on she studied Germanic philology at Brussels University but was still looking to a personal way to express.

Painting practice came up slowly but soon signify the strength for life and mainly in warm colours like red and ochre. Blue is rarely coming out but when present, it is as strong as the warm colours.

Her painting is totally involved in the passion for life. It is a true living beat in colour with high vibrations, it represents something deep and true and no way or no use to explain.

Anita NARDON

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From Nov 29 to Dec 30, 2006
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