She consciously uses the structure and resilience of the linen canvas to bring a new dimension to the lines which are so typical of her oeuvre. Her works show a rich dialogue with topics central to what it means to practice art. Wouters appears to question the function of the atelier, but she also explores the fascinating tensions between frontal objects and spacious use of forms and lines within an image. By rejecting the classical rules of perspective, Wouters creates her own sense of spaciousness, which seems to reach all the way to the unconscious.
The use of fresh, lively light blue and a regal, gentle yellow is remarkable; these colours intensify the depth of the black. These paintings reference artists and artworks, but like in a dream, Wouters seems to reflect visually on Art itself. The dynamics take place between the different forms we recognize, like references to Velazquez or Matisse or more purely conceptual forms such as Plato’s chair from his Theory of Ideas, and her own visual vocabulary. Her recent works testify to Wouters’ deep love for painting. The many details in these paintings have their own reality but all together form a vibrant visual narrative in which every viewer can find his or her own significance.
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