In the desert

I saw a creature, naked, bestial,

Who, squatting upon the ground,

Held his heart in his hands,

And ate of it.

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I said, “Is it good, friend?”

“It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;

“But I like it

“Because it is bitter,

“And because it is my heart.”

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Stephen Crane, 1895

Paintings, video art, and installations are my art forms of choice. I began working in these three media for a few years around 1990 (with my “Salons of Naivism”) and restarted my artistic project a few years ago, concentrating on two new themes: “Ashes to Ashes” (about death and mourning, and about the inexcusable ways in which we waist our time) and “The way we were” (about the past and loss). Things may not look disconsolate, but they are. The past is not necessarily better, but it is gone for ever. I do not like comparing myself to any artist movement. My work being at the same time figurative and realistic, conceptual and immersive, I go where my work leads me, challenging myself at all times but remaining true to my art project.

I am a member of the artist collective “Grosses Lacunes” (with  the support of The Ministry of the Federation of Wallonie-Bruxelles) and of “The Muybridge Collective”.

Do you want to know more about what drives me, and read some more about my work? Download my artist statement.

For exposition proposals, or if you are interested in the acquisition of an artwork, an artwork in commission or the rental of an artwork, contact me at gerdavandamme@gmail.com.

Works

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