In the exhibition, Femmy Otten (b. 1981, Amsterdam) presents new paintings and sculptures, as well as selected pieces from her recent solo exhibition ‘One Tear at A Time’ at Fons Welters. Carefully crafted in wood, the artist’s ‘contemporary fertility sculptures’ evoke themes of motherhood and womanhood. The plasticity of wood as a living material embodying time itself is reinforced by placing the sculptures in the walls of the artspace, emphasising the negative or residual space that arises around it. Otten’s paintings aim to convey a similar sense of physical connectivity between the works and the viewer through a self-proclaimed style of ‘studied nonchalance’, based on the practices developed by the Flemish Primitives. Oil paint is applied in transparent layers on a white painted background, reflecting the light in a way that creates an enormous depth. As such, her paintings make it seem as if the light shines from within, contributing to an intuitive, phenomenological viewing experience.