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Louise te Poele (1984) werd geboren in Winterswijk en groeide op in Lievelde.

Ze studeerde aan ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Arnhem.

Won in 2019 de Arnhemse Cultuurprijs en haar werk wordt internationaal geëxposeerd.

Haar nieuwsgierigheid waarbij ze steeds iets wil uitvinden of iets dat in eerste instantie

onmogelijk lijkt misschien toch wel kan, stuurt haar voortdurend naar nieuwe verten.

Maar alles van te voren precies uitstippelen heeft voor haar geen zin. Elk werk is ook

een instinctieve en associatieve ontdekkingstocht: “Ik zie iets voor me, en dan

denk ik: hoe kom ik daar? ” Ze experimenteert uren met voorwerpen en belichting

in de studio: “Ik moet het letterlijk in mijn vingers krijgen. Het zit hem uiteindelijk in de verfijning.”

De foto's die ze maakt doen op het eerste oog denken aan zeventiende-eeuwse stillevens,

maar wie langer kijkt ziet dat de uitbundige composities weinig weg hebben van het sobere

realisme dat we in Nederland gewend zijn. Ogenschijnlijk dagelijkse objecten krijgen vastgelegd

door Louise een mythische en geheimzinnig voorkomen. In de foto's, waarin ze in iedere vierkante

millimeter digitaal tekent, wordt gespeeld met licht, kleur en betekenis.

De kern van haar oeuvre is supra realisme, in alles wat ze doet. Dogma's zijn haar vreemd en ze

exposeert net zo lief in een Parijse nachtclub die ze omtovert tot bedevaartsoord tot in musea

en ruimtelijk werk buiten in weilanden.

 

Louise te Poele (1984) lives and works in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Here, she graduated from Artez academy
in 2008. Her works has been exhibited worldwide ever since in places like Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Berlin
and Istanbul. Her work is part of the collections of the Dutch Embassy in Japan, the French state and Museum
Arnhem. In addition to various private collections.

Press text solo show ACID FLOWERS, 2018 Torch Gallery Amsterdam

Where the previous work of Louise te Poele was made in the spirit of the 17th
century Dutch masters of the still life, these new pieces are futuristic flower

arrangements bathing in bright neon lights. She orchestrates wondrous compositions of

found objects that playfully disrupt suggestions of movement, scale and vanitas.
A defining factor in the artistic practice of Louise te Poele is the idea of anachronism. She
believes that many ideas and systems exist alongside, or even in stark contrast with the
visual language of an often oppressive zeitgeist. Her subject matter isn't fashionable or
bound to trends. Subjects range from Dutch farmers to flower arrangements and abstract
compositions constructed from packing materials. In other words, she stays close to her
daily surroundings. Within these well-known materials she searches for an unexpected
beauty of invention. Her personal investment in the subjects gives her the intimate
knowledge and trust that is necessary to achieve free and intuitive creation.

The flowers in her most recent works glow with a bright, almost venomous light. They take
control of the composition with an extraterrestrial vainglory. Withered leaves and snapped
stems are part of a festive play of lines and no longer function as overbearing references to
vanitas or decay. If these works can be recognized as metaphors for a life cycle at all,
then they celebrate both growth and decay in equal measure.

The Farmeer series, this body of work Louise has portrayed farmers of the Achterhoek region
in the Netherlands. They certainly aren't flattering portraits. Rather, they give a more honest
account of the rough skin and no-nonsense attitude that come with this path in life. Fragments
of these raw textures and glaring lights are repeated in her later still lives, where they can be
found in the surfaces of displayed objects. The bright red cheeks of a farmer find their
visual counterpart in displays of lamb chops and the scales of a red snapper. Here, louise
plays with both the appeal and the moral discomfort of displaying a slab of raw, red
meat. By emphasizing textures and contrasting them with 'unnatural' materials such as
cellophane or fabrics, she has found a way to capture her subjects in a surprising new
perspective.

This development is continued into her most recent works. Walking on a pink carpet
through a vibrant floral arc, visitors to the gallery are offered a first glimpse of these new
pieces. The neon lit flowers seem to glow like corals at night. Where a nearly absolute
painterly realism was desirable - and even a display of wealth - in 17th century Europe,
the still lives by Louise are not realistic. They do not display any real valuables and they
are not in fact, still. While entering a hallucination one sees a dental cast rest besides a
partly peeled lemon while a red fish hovers above a jar of frankfurters. The meticulous
lighting combined with Louise's keen sense for colour make for a truly alienating
experience.