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The work of Françoise Stoop (1963)

The subject is the landscape, the material jute and clay. I try to tackle this old subject and these old-fashioned materials as individual and contemporary as possible. I do not fix the jute from the potato bags and sandbags to the frame. The paintings thus acquire a loose and three-dimensional aspect. If I use a frame at all, it is a substantial part of the image.

In ceramics I work on the original form: the bowl. This, like my paintings, is also a search for the basis of human forms and colors. And I strive for simplicity in my work. But a simplicity that is exciting, and attractive, a simplicity that remains. Our busy and complicated society can use some simplicity and beauty. In that sense I make "consolation art": art that makes life more beautiful.