Louise te Poele 1984

Lives in Arnhem. Works in Arnhem.
Represented by:

Torch Gallery

Louise has made it a habit to collect completely unrelated things, ranging from trash in her studio to exotic fish found at her local oriental supermarket. Using these objects she creates dynamic compositions that amount to far more than the sum of their parts. They are classic still-lifes, detached from Vanitas and vanity. In terms of her career Louise te Poele is developing quickly. She sold her first piece as an art academy student – a portrait of a boyfriend wearing a pantyhose over his head – to the director of the Museum Arnhem. Louise likes to let her mind wander and to keep possibilities open. She scours the world, looking for objects, views and inspiration. By doing so she gradually broadens her vision. Her first works were mainly portraits of people close to her, such as the inhabitants of her home town or befriended party-goers. Then, in 2011, she decided to dedicate herself to the still-life, allowing for a maximum of free association. In the mean time she has found a pictorial language that is very much her own. In it, aesthetics and symbolism support and emphasize each other. Her associative arrangements of images are the results of hundreds of hours spent fiddling behind a screen and in her studio. This obsession to detail has been part of her ever since childhood. As a young dyslectic she embraced the thought of speaking through form as opposed to written language.

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