Work in progress, 2017, oil on acrylic paint on canvas, 180 x 200 cm
Inez de Brauw
Born Den Haag (NL), 1989
Standing in front of an Inez de Brauw painting is like having the experience of standing between two mirrors. The interiors which make up the black and white paintings are composed by fragments taken from lifestyle magazines. De Brauw appropriates decorative patterns appearing on wallpaper, pillows and furniture, patterns which by the time they appear in a magazine have lost their historical significance. As such, these paintings become a framework which reflects the continued migration of forms and ideas, from magazines to real life, back into magazines, in an endless mirroring of historic forms and their imitations. The mise en abyme becomes a metaphor for a feeling of being without lineage, without roots, adrift between historical specificity, kitsch and irony. Each degenerative layer of cultural and stylistic relativization is carefully reactivated in a new layer on the canvas, into a reflective framework, while each painting is framed by a wall; a frame around a frame, framed by a mind, standing in-between two mirrors.