Fleur van Groningen (1982) is a well-known Flemish writer, columnist, journalist and cartoonist (The Art Couch, Knack). In the past she wrote and made cartoons for De Morgen, Goedele Magazine, De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and NRC Handelsblad, among others. Her bestseller Life without Filter was published in 2017, followed by My child, my mirror and her debut novel Swingers (2020). If possible, she can be found in her studio. And if you ask this multi-talented what she prefers to do, she invariably answers: “Painting. Because then I am closest to myself.”
As a person I strive for real contact. As a writer and reader I look for the right words for this. As a painter and spectator I avoid them. I prefer to speak little about my art experience and at most in keywords. I am not looking for entertainment, confirmation, social criticism or shock. What matters is that something happens that makes me transcend myself, as it were. That I meet the maker in a wordless space, stripped of name, coat, time, shine. For me, intimacy is the connection between two inner worlds: that of the maker and that of the viewer. I rather find this in abstract art, where the anecdotal, narrative character of the figurative disappears and makes way for interpretation, silence and even contemplation. Or in slightly abstracted art: you look through the artist's glasses and thus broaden your view. With a bit of luck you will keep those glasses on and you will still see the fields, cities, clouds through those glasses on the return journey. And with even better luck, those glasses end up on your wall, as a lasting invitation to see differently.
(Photo Fleur van Groningen: : Seppe van Groeningen)