• Joëlle Verstraëten

    Joëlle Verstraëten

    Print | USA

  • Joëlle Verstraëten

    Joëlle Verstraëten

    Print | USA

About Joëlle Verstraëten

Joëlle Verstraëten lives and works in Houston since 2009. Her work is based on two different techniques, painting and monoprint.

She learned printmaking at the Glassell School of Art, MFAH and has since exhibited her work in galleries, art fairs, solo or group shows, nationally and internationally. Most of all, she enjoyed experimental collaborations with other artists such as “Dry feet, a night for relief”, an installation and video projection with Pablo Gimenez Zapiola (2017), and most recently  “L’enclos, cet horizon qui nous poursuit”, a participating art residency with 9 other visual artists in Belgium ( 2018).

In her monoprint, she uses both sides of the paper. She prints on top of other prints and applies found materials such as garments, lace, metal or leaves.

The spontaneous nature of her work allows her to explore the world of pop-art and to question the challenges of our modern society, in particular consumerism, feminism, the mundane, the exclusion. They are an X-ray of our society.

On a personal level of interpretation, her work represents memories that are at the foundation of each individual. A cotton dress belonging to a handmade trousseau, a LP record takes us back to the past; they become a visual testimony of our self and question the meaning of our life.

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EDUCATION:

2010 - 2016
Printmaking, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Art, Houston

2017
Sculpture, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Art, Houston

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions:

2018
‘Impressions 2018’, Houston Community College (Southwest), Houston
‘Art on the Avenue’, Winter Street Studio, Houston

‘X-pression’, part of “L’enclos, cet horizon qui nous poursuit”, Solo Show, Belgium

2017
20th Annual Washington Printmakers National small works competition and exhibition, Washington
‘Art on the Avenue’, Winter Street Studio, Houston (special selection by P. Davis)
‘Impressions 2017’, Houston Community College (Southwest), Houston
‘The Ink Project’, Antidote art & design, Alliance Française, Dubai

‘Along the Printing Road’, Two-artist Show, Glassell School of Art, Houston

2016
Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Glassell School, Houston
‘Impressions 2016’, Houston Community College (Southwest), Houston
VAA 34th Juried exhibition, juror Z.Tommy, Houston
Artroom: Collective Loft, Antidote art & design, Dubai

‘Désir qui libre’, Solo Show, Houston
‘Selections’, Solo Show NosCavesVin, Houston

2015
Art on the Avenue, Winter Street Studio, Houston (special selection by J.Havel)
‘Eye Candy’, Group Show at the Spring Street Studio, Houston
Artroom: Villa 21, Antidote art & design , Dubai
‘Street Psalms’, installation on the perimeter show, Glassell School of Arts, Houston
‘Art for Hope’, curated art auction to benefit BeringOmega, Avis Frank Gallery, Houston

‘Color Remix’, Two-Person Show, Galerie Natalia Gomiendo, Neuilly-sur-Seine

2014
‘Impressions 2014’, Jewish Community Center, Austin, Texas
‘Shadows and Dirt’, Museum show, Houston
‘Ailleurs/Elswhere’, Yvonamor Palix Fine Arts, Houston
‘Paper Cuts I & II’,  Gallery M Squared, Houston
Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Glassell school, Houston
[email protected]’, Group Show, Brussels
Art on the Avenue, Winter Street Studio, Houston

Performances, Residencies and Collaborations:

2018
L’enclos, cet horizon qui nous poursuit, a 10-days residency curated by JeanF Jans and Manu vb Tintoré, in the context of the 53rd edition of the St Martin’s art festival, Tourinnes-La-Grosse, Belgium

2017
Dry feet, a night for relief, an exhibition and video projection in collaboration with Pablo Gimenez Zapiola, an Argentinian artist and photographer, Houston

2016
How would you like to be remembered?, solo exhibition along with a multidisciplinary project by “Luciole International Bach and Piazzolla, Projection of “Contrapunctus7”, an artwork created for the concert given by Mercury, the orchestra redefined, Wortham Center, Houston

2015
Bach à 4 mains (2), Visual interpretation of the Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 851, from the well-tempered clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach, collaboration with French-Italian composer and pianist Tiziana De Carolis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

2014
Bach à 4 mains (1), Visual interpretation of the Fugue No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855, from the well-tempered clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach, collaboration with French-Italian composer and pianist Tiziana De Carolis, Houston
• Dualities, Piano solo by Tiziana De Carolis, CD illustrations
• 4th Texas Contemporary Fair, Yvonamor Palix FineArt, Houston
• Homeless, not Worthless, book machine project, Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston
• Laundry(suite), Performance with artist JeanF Jans, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston

STUDIO VISIT

Q.

Tell us about your creative process

A.

I like to print everyday found objects that most people discard. I pick them up on the street or at recycling places. A flattened aluminum can, a vinyl, a lace... I use them as printing material to reveal on paper their texture and hidden beauty. Instead of using a transfer material, I usually ink the object itself and print it directly onto the paper. The texture and embossing give an even more intimate feeling to the work. Although I might use an object several times, each print is unique. The quality of the paper (sometimes made with my own discarded prints), the placement on the paper, the inking choices I make, the details I add while printing, all of this contributes to make a mono- print.

Q.

What inspires the style of your work in this series?

A.

In my series of ‘Platter’, a lost world of music comes to life again! I play with the size of the vinyl (33, 45 or 78) and with the very fine groves to make the recorded music visible. I discovered that the design of the surface changes depending on the type of music. A classical piece is longer, hence, wider than a pop song. Sometimes, I exaggerate the scratches - like music going wild.

Q.

What is your message to your viewers?

A.

As consumeristic relics, I propose the story of the found object to the viewer. My work is spontaneous and allows me to explore the world of pop-art and to question with some humor the challenges of our modern society, in particular consumerism, feminism, the mundane, the exclusion. They provide an X-ray vision of our society. On a personal level of interpretation, they represent memories that are at the foundation of our identity. A cotton dress belonging to a handmade trousseau, a LP record that takes us back to the past; they become a visual testimony of our self and question the meaning of our life.



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