Equine imagery has been consistently present throughout Berlinde De Bruyckere’s practice. She has been working with horse skins as an artistic material since 1999. Throughout the years horses have remained an important aspect of De Bruyckere’s work. “Portrait” sublimates the rigidity of the corpse through the inertia of the sculpture. From the start, animalism has provided a means for the artist to express the unutterable –death for example– by freeing herself of limited human proportions. Since her first exhibition in the mid-eighties, De Bruyckere’s sculptures and drawings have been the subject of numerous exhibitions in major institutions worldwide. In 2013 De Bruyckere was selected to represent Belgium at the 55th Venice Biennale where she unveiled her monumental work “Kreupelhout – Cripple wood”.
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